10 voluntary positions available - University of Hertfordshire students
50 hours community work across the whole year
Casual/flexible, part-time hours
Herts Sports Partnership are looking for 10 UH Community Sport Ambassadors to support and make a difference in targeted areas of deprivation around Hertfordshire.
The role of UH Community Sport Ambassador is flexible and will be shaped by the priorities in each targeted area.
It is HSP’s intention to support each Ambassador in their role in order to ensure they are well equipped to not only complete the role but excel. They have included a package of incentives worth £1,000 for each Ambassador. Upon graduation you will have made many contacts, been upskilled in community activation and be able to provide evidence of significant experience that will hold you in high esteem for future roles within or away from the organisation.
All of HSP's projects aim to utilise sport to make a positive difference in people’s lives. Your role will be to support and improve their delivery.
The young people HSP aim to work with, have most likely little or no positive engagement in their local area. Role models have been identified as crucial to the success of their projects. In liaison with key services and organisations looking to engage with young people, it was clear the ‘right kind of role model’ has been missing somewhat from provisions. The Ambassadors will fill this need within their community and support the delivery of HSP’s Career Mode project (and/or other projects) on the ground.
The project will always be flexible and aim to benefit all that are involved. It is expected that you will enter the project looking to make a difference as well as supporting your own aspirations and development.
Duties and responsibilities including communication skills:
Before starting your role, you will undertake suitable training and a project induction. This will likely be a Zoom meeting online, where you’ll meet the other Ambassadors and discuss the project with your peers. This induction is essential because aside from being role models, you will help deliver various projects around the county and support HSP’s community development.
The role may well look different depending on what area you are assigned to. Should you become the lead for the Career Mode project in your area, you will be involved in the introduction of a ‘youth club’, where you’ll host an engaging evening for participants. This may well be a casual session but there’ll be additional activities and wrap around support.
In the example of Career Mode, your position would be to build trust and rapport with young people. In general, you are to be a friendly positive role model in their lives, consistently pushing them to challenge themselves and self-develop. Central to everything you do whilst in the role, will be ensuring the young people participating have long-term aspirations and short-term challenges towards their own purpose.
Each area and each Ambassador’s role will be different. You will always be mentored and assisted by your link officer at HSP.
Your role should fit around your studies and personal life. This is not a full-time position, but it could involve evening or weekend commitment. There will be an expectation and responsibility for you to commit for the full year.
There will be a group event across a day near the end of the project.
Policy and service responsibilities:
At all times, you are expected to uphold and carry-out the HSP’s welfare plan. Any issues or problems arising should be flagged immediately.
A verified in-date DBS check must be in place before you start. It is also expected that you hold or commit to attending suitable safeguarding training. You will be given the opportunity to attend mental health first aid training. It is expected that you take advantage of this for your own development and the wellbeing of the participants.
- Student of the University of Hertfordshire
- Maths and English Fundamental skills (GCSE level 9-4)
- A desire to use sport and physical activity to benefit society
- A positive attitude to work and act as a role model within the local community
- Ability to work individually and as a member of a team
- Strong organisational and time management skills
- Good communication skills both written and face to face
- Willingness to travel independently across Hertfordshire as and when required
- Level 4 / First year students
- Undertaking studies in sport
- Competent IT skills, or willingness to learn
- A good knowledge of your local community
- Knowledge/experience of community sport and physical activity initiatives
- Experience using a variety of social media platforms
You will be requested to provide 2 character references.
Interested in these positions?
For an informal discussion about these exciting opportunities, please contact Josh Spavins (Project Officer at Herts Sports Partnership) via email at email@example.com or call 07592 943831.
Start and end date:
Monday 26 October 2020 - Friday 30 July 2021