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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.

Email: volunteering@mendipymca.org.uk or call 01749 679553 or download our new application pack here.

 

We have currently the available opportunities across Mendip and South Somerset:

 

 

Volunteer Support Worker

What is Routes Café?

Routes is our one stop shop for advice, guidance and information. Routes enables direct access to information, advice, support and learning opportunities for young people aged 11-25. We are able to signpost young people to a wide range of services e.g. housing, activities, welfare benefits, employment and training whilst providing support, help, and guidance for young people to reach goals and fulfil their full potential. We also serve drinks and snacks. Routes drop-in centre is open Mondays to Friday 10am to 4.30pm.

What will I be doing?

The main focus of your role will be to provide support to the Routes Team Leader and to the Information Advice and Guidance Worker in delivering specific drop-in sessions.

  • Assisting to provide a warm, welcoming and helpful service to all people using or visiting Routes. These will be mainly young people but will also include other YMCA staff, external agencies, and members of the public, enabling young people to feel confident and comfortable about accessing the support on offer.
  • Providing young service users with a suitable role model.
  • Supporting Routes staff in safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults – recognizing that safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility and reporting any concerns to the relevant staff member.
  • 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 in relation to Routes.
  • Assisting young people in identifying the action their needs require and supporting them in accessing accurate information using a range of contexts.
  • Ensuring when supporting young people that all appropriate records and files are maintained including the client database.
  • Helping to ensure that Routes provides a safe environment for young people, staff and all visitors.
  • Promoting and applying all aspects of Environmental Health and Health and Safety legislation are complied with along with organisational policies and procedures.
  • Acting professionally and maintaining appropriate boundaries by exercising self–control.
  • Maintaining a positive approach that promotes the work of YMCA Mendip and Routes drop-in centre both within and outside the workplace.

What skills and attributes do I need?

Skills

  • Good listening and communication skills.
  • Organisational skills.
  • Ability to relate to, understand and communicate with young people.
  • Ability to understand complex subject matter and communicate it effectively to young people.
  • Ability to respect the Christian ethos of the YMCA and uphold its values.
  • Smart appearance.
  • Ability to work in a team.
  • Strong customer care skills or the ability to develop them.
  • Information, advice and guidance skills or the ability to develop them.
  • Security and safety conscious.
  • Strong communication skills.

Attributes

  • Patience.
  • Sense of humour.
  • Integrity.
  • Ability to work on own initiative.
  • Natural understanding of confidentiality.
  • Ability to understand and hold boundaries.
  • Empathy

What values do I need?

  • An attitude of non-judgement, respect and tolerance for all.

Where, when and how much time would be preferred?

Routes young people’s drop-in centre, 1a Palmer Street, Frome, BA11 1DS. Days and times to be arrange with the Routes Team Leader.

Who I will report to? 

Drop in Centre Team Leader

What support will I be given?

  • Feedback on how I am doing.
  • 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.

 


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?

Skills

  • 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.

Attribute

  • Integrity
  • Ability to work on own initiative
  • Ability to understand and hold boundaries
  • Empathy

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.