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What types of volunteer opportunities does Youth First offer?

At Youth First we offer four types of volunteer opportunities. These are frontline, student, business support and project & events based roles. Whichever volunteer role you are interested in, you will be valued and placed within a supportive and dedicated team. 

Front-line volunteers 

Our front-line volunteers are our Youth & Play Workers and will be placed at one of our five youth clubs or five adventure playgrounds. You will have direct engagement with Youth First’s children and young people. You will be provided with the opportunity to complete a placement plan and will have allocated reflection and review meetings with a volunteer buddy. Our frontline volunteers will also have the opportunity to be held as bank volunteers, which means that you will be placed on a database allowing you to be contacted should future volunteer opportunities arise. 

Virtual offer volunteers

In response to Covid-19 working conditions, Youth First are now providing online material for its members. Our Virtual Offer Volunteers, will support our virtual team, by providing material and or assisting in the delivery of current or proposed activities, which can be accessed by our members via our website and other social media platforms. Check out our current Virtual Offer programme of activities.

Student volunteers

Our student volunteers are given all the same opportunities as our frontline volunteers, however, the direction of their voluntary placement will be based on necessary course criteria and they will be assigned a qualified volunteer buddy.   

Business Support volunteers

Our Business Support volunteers are also given the same opportunities as our frontline volunteers, however these volunteer opportunities are rare. In most cases the volunteers will not have direct engagement with children and young people, instead they may be office based. Business Support opportunities may open in our fundraising, participation and engagement, and admin and marketing teams. “Keep an eye out on our website for Business Support opportunities” 

Project & event-based volunteers

Our project and event volunteers will assist in the delivery of special events or projects organised by Youth First or in partnership with other organisations. The volunteer commitment period and volunteer working hours may differ to our normal operation hours and may involve volunteering with a different client group. Dependant on the role, DBS checks may not be applicable. Inductions will be role-specific.


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