As grassroots community-based Advocates, we are often residents of the communities in which we work so we understand the cultural diversity that exists within the community. In addition, we have solid working knowledge of local support services and have developed networks that make this support readily available to the young people and families. We are employed on a fixed-term contract basis to work with young people and their families within their communities.
Our work can consist of up to 15 hours, one-to-one contact with the young person every week for six months, depending on the needs of that young person. Activities carried out with the young person are goal-driven and needs-led, based on the strengths of the young person and their family. We can be creative in our approach to working with the young person and families as a flexible and bespoke service is given to everyone. We bring our own unique talents to the work and activities with young people can vary greatly from getting involved in a sport to receiving support around attending school.
Training and Experience
The training and experience gained by us through our employment with YAP Ireland has long-term beneficial outcomes for us and our communities. Training consists of 4 full days YAP Core Module training and ONE day Child Protection Awareness Training developed in conjunction with the National Youth Council of Ireland. We also have access to a 24 hour on-call service, so advice and support is never far away.