Volunteers add immense value to the work we do with young people, bringing experience, wisdom and a whole raft of different skills and approaches.
If you have a non-judgmental approach to life, have energy, a positive approach, are a good listener and have empathy for a young person’s point of view we would love to hear from you.
We will do our best to meet your needs as a volunteer – we recognise people volunteer for different reasons- social contact, to gain new skills and experience or to give something back. Social activities, training, and development support are all on offer if you want it.
For an informal chat about volunteering with YMCA Mendip incorporating YMCA South Somerset.
We have currently the available opportunities across Mendip and South Somerset:
Volunteer Youth Worker
Youth Clubs support young people aged 11 – 19 on evenings. We are thriving clubs with lots of activities and events. Throughout its youth clubs YMCA Mendip delivers a curriculum of learning led by young people in creative engaging formats. These range from health and wellbeing, politics, relationships and personal safety to our relationship with the wider world. Volunteers enable us to offer even more to the young people at the clubs.
What will you be doing?
Tasks could involve:
- meeting and greeting and taking entrance money on the door, making our visitors feel welcome,
- general youth work, signposting, giving advice
- helping with a specific activity like sport, gardening, music, self-defense or cooking.
- Supporting youth club staff in safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults
- Working within the principles of YMCA Mendip’s Youth Involvement Strategy to ensure all young people are encouraged to participate and be involved in decision making and consulted on relevant matters
- Being involved in group work with young people organised within the youth club.
- Helping to ensure that the Youth Club provides a safe environment for young people, staff and all visitors, enforcing the club boundaries with staff support.
What skills and attributes do you need?
- Good listening and communication skill
- Ability to relate to, understand and communicate with young people.
- Ability to respect the Christian ethos of the YMCA and uphold its values.
- Ability to work in a team.
- Ability to work on own initiative
- Ability to understand and hold boundaries
How much time would be preferred?
Evening(s) during term time 18:30 -21:30
Who you will report to?
Youth Clubs’ Team Leaders
What support will you be given?
- A general induction.
- Training on day to day tasks.
- Regular updates on fresh information.
What personal benefits can I expect?
- Opportunity to develop new and existing skills and gain valuable experience.
- A character reference when required.
- Opportunity to meet new people.
- Personal fulfilment in knowing you are making a difference to young peoples’ lives.