To help you make the most of your LVN volunteer experience we’ve assembled a collection of helpful answers to many of the questions you may have. If you have any questions not answered below, please don’t hesitate to get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is network poverty?
The number of young people not in education, employment or training is predicted to increase by 30% by the end of 2020. They will be competing on an uneven playing field for a smaller number of jobs. Networks and the associated life skills, knowledge and confidence they bring have never been more important.
What is the LVN model? How does it work?
Our model is based on changing the mindsets of vulnerable youth by networking them with adults outside their usual sphere of influence. LVN draws on the experience and knowledge of volunteers across the community to volunteer just one hour to support young people expand their horizons, shift their mindset and plan for their futures. On its own an hour does not seem much but several hours can have a transformative impact. Every hour counts.
Volunteers support young people in groups and 1-2-1s in many ways. Everyone has a story to tell or a skill to share. Therefore, our ask is for adults to volunteer the Power of their Hour. Countering network poverty, providing access to positive networks, is an important step in diverting vulnerable young away from potentially risky behaviours. Supported by youth practitioners, young people identify their interests and are then matched with our volunteers.
How do I register to I volunteer my hour?
To volunteer you must meet our safeguarding requirements. You will need to submit details for 2 references when you sign up. Once we hear back from them, you’ll receive an approval email.
Please check your spam folder for emails from email@example.com and ask your references to do the same.
What do young people expect from me – what should I talk about?
What kind of young people will I meet - heads down, hoodies up?
Some are very vulnerable and disadvantaged, others less so. Some have had limited engagement with formal education, in contrast, others are already on their path to securing employment. The more vulnerable may have been excluded or be at risk of exclusion; be homeless; caught-up in the criminal justice system or at risk of offending. Some are looked after and care leavers. Many are living in poverty with limited access to help at home, suffering digital poverty and lack a variety of positive role models. All need help.
LVN youth are diverse: we support youth of all faiths, ethnicities and backgrounds.
An hour does not seem much, can I really make a difference in 60 minutes?
How many hours can I give?
We only ask for one, but if you enjoy it, you can donate more hours. You can volunteer 3 hours over 3 months per centre. If you want to give more than this, the LVN practitioner will request your DBS certificate.
How does LVN keep everyone safe?
All LVN volunteers are required to sign our Volunteer Agreement before attending a Power of an Hour session. This clearly explains the safeguarding rules you need to be aware of.
- LVN trained Youth Practitioner is responsible for supervising Power of an Hour sessions at all times in both face-to-face and online sessions. You will never be left alone with a young person.
- All contact between yourself and a young person must be via a Youth Practitioner, so you must not give your personal contact details to any young person and they must not give you theirs (this includes email, phone and social media). You should inform a Youth Practitioner if a young person does so.
- Read our Safeguarding Policy to find out more.
The safety of Young People and peace of mind of Volunteers is very important to us. If you are ever concerned about anything before, during or after giving your Power of an Hour, please don’t hesitate to speak to the LVN Youth Practitioner from the session or contact LVN directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do I need to sign anything?
Who can be my referees?
Is LVN a mentoring service?
Do I need a DBS check to volunteer an Hour?
Should you ever wish to volunteer more than 3 hours with the same young person or group of young people, the youth practitioner will request your DBS certificate.
How long does it take to register on the app?
I’ve registered but haven't heard from LVN.
If you haven’t received a volunteer approval email, this means we are still chasing one or both of your references. To speed things up, please remind your referees.
How long before I am matched with a young person?
How will I be notified that a match has been made?
What does a young person get from the Power of an Hour?
What kind of life-ready skills does a young person build?
What do volunteers get from giving their Power of an Hour?
How long will my session last?
What is the format for the hour?
Typically, the 60-minute session will comprise of a 10-minute introduction and conclusion run by the youth practitioner, and 40 minutes for your presentation and Q&A’s.
Can I volunteer an hour with someone else?
Where will I volunteer my hour?
See where we operate here.
Due the current COVID19 restrictions, Power of an Hour sessions are currently only taking place online. This situation may change if government guidelines change. Many of our young people suffer from digital poverty and therefore may attend youth provisions in carefully controlled bubbles. All LVN host centres operating in this way are fully compliant with COVID19 requirements.
Do I have to live near an LVN host centre in order to volunteer an hour?
When will my session take place?
I’m feeling anxious about volunteering
I’m not sure if I’m suitable. Will my story be relevant?
You’re giving young people the chance to meet professionals in a non-intimidating environment enabling them to build confidence and a sense of familiarity before they attend interviews or enter the workplace.
How have other volunteers found the experience?
I’ve agreed to a time and date but can no longer make it what do I do?
You are under no obligation to give your hour and can always decline an invitation. If you are not feeling up to it just say “no”. Your details will remain on the matchmaking system or you can unsubscribe at any time.
I cannot commit to long term mentoring, is LVN right for me?
Is my information visible to young people?
I’ve only ever supported school groups and have reservations about delivering outside a school setting. How will this differ?
Sometimes sessions can get a little rowdy, but the youth practitioner is on hand to help navigate this. Our young people do not want sessions to look, feel and sound like school as they have only ever experienced negative relationships with statutory and academic service providers.
Do I have to attend any volunteer training?
You will receive volunteer tips and hints which include what to expect; ideas for tasks; suggested questions and advice on session planning, along with establishing boundaries and relationship building. However, this is your session and there is no prescribed format.
My company has an employee volunteering scheme, do you do anything for corporates?
Does LVN pay volunteer expenses?
Are there any other ways I can get involved?
Keep a look out for these in our monthly newsletters or get in touch at email@example.com to find out more.
Some of our activities are currently suspended until further notice due to COVID19 restrictions.
I love what LVN is trying to achieve, how can I help promote your work?
- Follow us on social media. Create your own posts to share your experience using the LVN brand & tag LVN’s channels
- Promote LVN to your networks on LinkedIn
- Share LVN content including YouTube videos and our website
- Rate and comment on the LVN app in the app/play store to help build our reputation and motivate young people to sign-up.