Trustee

As a charity we support a diverse community of children, young people, and families in and around Surrey. We know that diverse teams not only better reflect the communities we serve, but they also perform better. We are committed to achieving greater diversity at every level of our organisation, including the Board, and we encourage and welcome applications from people of all backgrounds.

For 30 years now Eikon has been committed to ensuring that children and young people have someone to turn to when life gets tough. Our work changes lives, and our staff and volunteers are dedicated to helping children and young people to be safe, and to feel heard, empowered, and to thrive. 

We have grown significantly over recent years and are now working to support thousands of children, young people, and families across Surrey. Part of this growth is due to the incredible support of our highly skilled and dedicated Board of Trustees.

Eikon is seeking two new trustees to join our board. Our trustees bring a range of skills and experience and use their expertise to oversee the strategic direction, governance, core policies, financial oversight, legal compliance, and general performance of the charity to meet its charitable purposes.

Trustees also empower the senior leadership team who take responsibility for the day-to-day running of the charity.

We would love to discuss this opportunity to serve as a trustee if you have:

  • A passion and commitment to Eikon’s beliefs and values.
  • Experience of the development and implementation of strategies (business, commercial, and/or charity/volunteer). 
  • Experience in charity and/or business processes and procedures. 
  • Skills in representing a charity or voluntary organisation and engaging with external stakeholders, and/or building external relationships in a business environment. 
  • Awareness of business, commercial and/or charity management accounts and reporting. 
  • A practical understanding of the importance of safeguarding for young people and for employees/volunteers/carers who work with them.

Volunteer Mentor

Mentoring is a simple but effective way for an individual to provide support to a young person who may be going through a challenging time or struggling to make important decisions. Eikon Mentors offer support on a weekly basis to form positive 1:1 relationships with young people aged 11-18, who are experiencing difficulties in their lives and want to make a change. The mentoring programme equips young people to improve their resilience and prevents low level emotional mental health challenges from escalating.

We are currently looking for volunteers to join our mentoring programme and support young people in the following schools in Surrey during term time:

  • Fullbrook School – Runnymede
  • Kings College- Guildford
  • Farnham Heath End School – Farnham
  • Weydon School- Farnham
  • Woolmer Hill School- Haslemere

Role:

  • Developing positive one-to-one relationships with young people who may be experiencing difficulties in their lives and/or want to make a change in their lives.
  • Listening to and supporting young people, showing empathy and understanding, whilst remaining non-judgmental and caring.
  • Engaging with young people to motivate, inspire, encourage potential and set goals.
    Respecting the confidentiality of young people whilst establishing and maintaining appropriate boundaries.
  • Keeping accurate records of mentoring sessions using Eikon’s database system.
  • Reporting any safeguarding or welfare concerns that arise.
  • To work within Eikon’s internal policies, safeguarding and data protection regulations.
  • Offering at least 2 hours per week time commitment, in school, term time only.

What skills do I need :

  • An understanding of current issues relating to young people.
  • Able to communicate and listen to young people who may be facing challenging times with low level mental health presentations effectively.
  • Being passionate about making a difference in the lives of young people.
  • Empathy and Patience.
  • Reliable, Punctual and Committed.
  • IT Literacy.

What’s in it for you?
Volunteer mentors will receive a thorough induction training before commencing their role in school and will have the opportunity of ongoing training and development throughout their time volunteering with Eikon.

You will also receive regular one to one supervision and support with the Mentoring Manager and participate in team meetings. Out of pocket expenses will be agreed in advance.

Other benefits of volunteering include:

  • Get experience of working with young people; Experience for your CV
  • Supporting your local community
  • Feeling like you’re making a difference
  • Meeting new people
  • Increasing self-confidence
  • Improving your own health and wellbeing, and
  • a chance to support a children’s charity in Surrey.

Volunteer Youth/Adult Practitioner – iAmMe (LGBTQ+ services)

The Roles:

We are looking for volunteers to join our LGBTQ+ team and support our young people on our face-to-face youth clubs and adults in our families & allies group. The roles will require

  • LGBTQ+ knowledge and experience (or parent/ally of an LGBTQ+ person); including significant awareness of equality, diversity and inclusion and how to promote these in a group setting
  • Engaging with young people in face to face groups to motivate, inspire and encourage potential
  • Listening to and supporting young people/adults, showing empathy and understanding, remaining non-judgmental and caring
  • Supporting the youth worker within the youth club/adult group and help facilitate activities
  • Take part in regular one to one and team meetings
  • Assist with regularly monitoring and reviewing the services
  • To establish appropriate professional boundaries in relationships with young people/adults
  • To work within Eikon’s internal policies, safeguarding and data protection regulations
  • Time commitment of 2-3 hours per fortnight

Volunteer Wellbeing

We work with young people directly in schools and communities across Surrey and beyond, one-to-one, in groups and clubs – and with and through partners, supporting them to deliver services that improve young people’s physical and emotional wellbeing and mental health. We work in partnership with schools, communities, health & social care, and other organisations, because we believe that working together works.

We are looking for volunteers to join our Schools’ Team and support our young people in our clubs, during term time.

Lunch and After School Clubs:

Our Youth Specialists deliver wellbeing activities in schools which include Wellbeing Ambassador training and activities, lunch and after school clubs. These comprise of a range of fun activities, games and topic led discussions in a safe environment. We are currently seeking volunteers to help support delivery of the following clubs:

Wellbeing Lunch Club:

A lunch club delivered at Fullbrook School for students, which includes fun activities and topic discussions.

Wellbeing in Nature Lunch and After School Clubs:

Lunch and After School Clubs delivered at Fullbrook School and Kings College, Guildford which include wellbeing in nature activities including gardening, mindfulness and connecting with others through the 5 Ways to Wellbeing.

Role:

  • Listening to and supporting young people, showing empathy and understanding, remaining non-judgmental and caring
  • Engaging with young people to motivate, inspire and encourage potential
  • Supporting the Youth Specialist with planning and delivering activities
  • Take part in regular one to one and team meetings (following Government Covid-19 guidelines, where appropriate)
  • Keep accurate records
  • Assist with regularly monitoring and reviewing the content created
  • To establish appropriate professional boundaries in the online relationships with young people
  • To work within Eikon’s internal policies, safeguarding and data protection regulations
  • At least 3 hours per week time commitment, in schools

We are looking for applicants that have a real passion to support young people who are full of enthusiasm and fun and have a welcoming approach and personality.