At HYPA we understand that Volunteers are one of the most important resources community organisations have. Volunteers add to HYPA's professionalism and purpose by improving the quality of programs and providing that extra support that many young people need.
HYPA Volunteers form an integral part of our services for young people, providing valuable group and 'one-to-one' support. Volunteers help young people gain their provisional licence and assist HYPA in administration areas and by providing specialist advice and skills for young people. HYPA Volunteers are adults of all ages and come from many diverse backgrounds. We have many volunteering opportunities, ranging from a few hours every now and then to several hours each week, so talk to us if you would like to help young people achieve.
Many of the disadvantaged and vulnerable young people who access our services have learning difficulties, mental health problems and few basic life skills. Many also lack a stable adult role model. HYPA Volunteers help to fill this gap.
Some HYPA Volunteers assist young people to acquire literacy and numeracy skills, job search and build social skills by volunteering as 1 to 1 mentors with young people, supporting them to feel more self confident, try new things, improve communication skills, re-engage with school or training and seek employment. While the focus is on practical assistance, all volunteers working with young people also provide emotional support to a young person by listening and encouraging them to believe in themselves.
There is a variety of different roles available to HYPA Volunteers:
Group programs are held at all HYPA sites, these programs are in response to skills young people may need assistance with. HYPA Volunteers assist staff members to facilitate the programs; this includes supporting the young people during the program with set tasks and encouraging their participation. Programs cover the following focus areas:
Volunteers provide significant assistance to young people, ultimately helping them to re-engage with the community. All HYPA Volunteers are screened, trained and supervised to ensure you are at ease in your role.
This service is provided to young people who will benefit from support delivered to them by one mentor, rather than in a group setting. The skills covered by one-on-one mentors are the same as the focus areas shared in the group program.
One-on-one mentors are provided with further training and screening and receive support from HYPA staff, whilst working closely together as a team.
Some community members are interested in volunteering to help young people achieve by assisting behind the scenes with administrative tasks. This role is very suitable for volunteers who have many skills but don’t wish to work directly with young people.
Volunteers help young people gain their provisional licence (their "P"s) by being available for supervised driving in HYPA vehicles so that young people can reach the supervised driving hours obligation, necessary to attain their licence.
Before commencing the Geared2Drive program, volunteers are required to undergo driving lessons with a professional instructor who provides training on driving safety and road rules, and also offers insight and advice on how to guide the young drivers.
Programs can vary from 1.5 – 4 hours long at one time, and are scheduled at a set time each week during school hours (however can differ from term to term).
Sessions are usually held at one of the HYPA sites; Woodville, Elizabeth, City, Murraylands, Riverland and Limestone Coast. It is initially asked that volunteers commit to attending a program for one term, consisting of approximately 10 weeks.
One-on-one mentors meet with a young person for at least 1 hour per week.
Volunteers are required to attend an information session and an interview (with contact details for 2 referees). It is essential that volunteers undergo National Criminal History Checks and attend 2-3 days of training.
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