Independent Life Skills Coach

Title: Independent Life Skills Coach                                                      

Team: Volunteer Team

Location: Barnsley (various locations)

Support and supervision from: Volunteer Officer

Time Commitment: TBC with Volunteer (2-4 hours per week)

What does Centrepoint do?

Centrepoint is the UK’s leading charity that is working to provide services for young people aged 16 to 25, many of whom are socially excluded and who are at risk of or have experienced homelessness.

The young people we support come from a wide variety of backgrounds and nations. Many have experienced domestic abuse, family breakdown and poverty. Some are 'in care' with the local council, or have been. Some are ex-offenders. Some are single parents. Many tackle mental health problems. Some depend on drugs and alcohol. About a third experience problems reading, writing and communicating.

All of them have potential – with Centrepoint and the volunteers that support us; they have the best chance of achieving this!

Centrepoint values are energy, entrepreneurial, integrity, focused, humility and accountable. We expect all staff and volunteers to uphold these values in their work with young people.

What team will you be supporting and what do they do?

You will be supporting the Volunteer Team in the delivery of their exciting new project, in the delivery of the Nurturing Talent and Potential in Barnsley

What is Lifewise?

Lifewise is a variety of AQA accredited short courses, which are delivered internally to Young People. Each Lifewise course lasts around two hours and focus on essential life skills, which many Young People in Centrepoint services have not acquired or developed themselves, a single Lifewise course consists of an AQA descriptor, session plan and supporting material.

Young People receive a ‘Certificate of Achievement’ upon completion of each course and for many; this is can be their first recognized qualification. Lifewise courses vary significantly, from how to shop on a budget to learning about rights and responsibilities.

Tasks and Responsibilities

  • To support the Volunteer Officer with the delivery of the Lifewise program
  • To support the Volunteer Officer with the development of new and innovative Lifewise Courses.
  • Support young people to learn and develop independent life skills
  • Adhere to administrative requirements of the role
  • Attend supervision sessions and relevant additional training
  • Be accountable and represent Centrepoint appropriately

Volunteers should meet the following criteria:


  • Good levels of literacy and numeracy
  • An understanding of different learning styles and methods to support learning
  • IT competent- able to use Excel, Word and Outlook effectively
  • Ability to engage, motivate and inspire young people
  • Ability to communicate confidently and clearly with young people, other volunteers and staff
  • Ability to remain calm when involved with challenging individuals and situations
  • Understanding of the issues – practical and emotional – facing young people
  • Understanding of the importance of teamwork and a strong commitment to being part of a team
  • Be reliable and have a positive outlook.
  • A commitment to demonstrating Centrepoint’s values


  • Experience of working with homeless people and/or experience of homelessness.
  • Experience of working with socially excluded young people.
  • Knowledge of different qualification/course requirements.

Support for volunteers

Volunteers receive the following support throughout their volunteering:

  • Structured induction and training
  • Ongoing support and supervision from the volunteering team
  • Ongoing support and supervision from your supervisor
  • Access to further training
  • Travel and other reasonable expenses reimbursed


If you are interested in applying for this position, the next step is to complete our application form. Application forms can be found on Centrepoint’s website

Please fill out the application form and return to

For more information please call 07557582204 and ask to speak to the Volunteering Officer.

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