We have a number of volunteering opportunities available at Youthscape, and if you are interested in joining a dynamic team working to support young people across the UK we would love to hear from you!
We are currently looking for people to fill the following volunteering roles, and you can find out more about each within the downloadable Role Descriptions:
Alumina Volunteer - Supporting young people via Youthscape’s online self-harm support programme
Volunteer Youth Worker - Supporting young people within Youthscape’s after school programmes (based in Luton)
Volunteer Drop-in Cook - Cooking for young people within Youthscape’s after school programmes (based in Luton)
Volunteer Schools Worker - Supporting young people within a school setting during the day (based in Luton)
Volunteer Administration Support - Supporting the Youthscape Luton team with administration tasks (based in Luton)
In 2018, Youthscape received The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award given to volunteer groups across the UK and equivalent to the MBE. The award recognises the outstanding contributions made our local communities by Youthscape volunteers. We're incredibly proud of this achievement and of the volunteers who have been recognised in this way.
Wondering if you've got what it takes to be a volunteer?
There's no blueprint for who can be a volunteer, but there are some values that we believe are essential, especially where you're working face-to-face with young people. You'll share our commitment to equality and diversity, treating everyone with dignity and respect regardless of colour, disability, ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender, religion or beliefs. You'll need to be ready to listen, sensitive to young people's experiences, cultural background and beliefs. You'll be focused on the needs of the young person, first and foremost.
On the other hand, you don't necessarily need to be up-to-date with the latest music, social media or Netflix drama. Young people won't expect you to be the same as them - you're an adult, after all. So don't imagine that all volunteers have to know everything about the cultures and interests of teenagers.
Our Christian ethos
Our faith is embedded our DNA and plays a significant role in how we operate as a team and in our work with young people. We therefore have a policy that all our staff and volunteers are practising Christians and attend church regularly. If this applies to you, then we would love for you to consider volunteering with us.
How to find our more and apply
Download and have a read of the Role Description(s) that interests you. If you have any questions, feel free to get in touch with either Emily Croucher (for any Luton based volunteering roles) or Robson Dodd (for the Alumina volunteering role).
Once you have an idea of which role(s) you would like to apply for, download and complete the application form and return it to Emily (if you are applying for a Luton based role) at firstname.lastname@example.org or Robson (if you are applying for the Alumina role) at email@example.com.
We will then contact you and invite you for an informal interview, and if both parties are in agreement that this volunteering role is the right fit, will take up references and will ask you to do a DBS check before beginning your role. We will also ensure you receive safeguarding and any other training relevant to your role before you begin volunteering.
We look forward to hearing from you!
Please note, we do not provide visas or sponsorship to enter the UK, so if you are not a UK resident please do not apply.
We ask volunteers to complete a simple application form - don't worry, it's not intimidating - and attend an interview. We'll also ask for some references and, where required, carry out checks with the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).
Before you start, you'll get any training you need, and find out about our safeguarding policy and procedures - vitally important where young people are involved.
Finally, you can come along for a taster session to see what it's like before committing to becoming a regular volunteer.
Many of our volunteers love the opportunity to meet and get to know the Youthscape team. They tell us they feel welcomed as a vital part of the organisation. We celebrate volunteers through lots of special events and social activities throughout the year - so you become part of the Youthscape family and have the chance to meet new people and forge lasting friendships. Its all part off what it means to be a Youthscape volunteer - so why not get in touch to find out more?
Volunteer Application Form