Volunteering Regrettably we are putting a temporary hold on volunteer recruitment into Trustee positions at our youth clubs. As you know the last year has been very challenging for the youth sector and here at SCYP we have been hard at work to ensure we can continue providing open access youth work across Surrey. Due to the high level of work that we, a small team, are undertaking we have taken the difficult decision to temporarily suspend the placement of volunteers at the current time. We are still recruiting in volunteer youth worker roles and Trustee positions for SCYP itself. Full descriptions are available below. We will be reviewing the situation again later in the year. Volunteering Youth clubs offer a safe environment where young people can meet up, make new friends and participate in a range of worthwhile activities. Volunteers are at the heart of what we do and are a vital resource to our clubs providing young people with exciting and challenging opportunities. We have a variety of volunteering opportunities across our area in local youth clubs. If you are passionate about supporting young people in your local community into positive and productive lives you can help start or join an established club in one of our volunteer roles. Volunteering during a lockdown We want to ensure the safety of our volunteers and young people through this challenging and changing time. All our clubs are operating according to government guidance and we are giving additional support where needed. Please follow this link to Crawley Community Action for the current guidelines. Why volunteer? Your community benefits from your skills and passion and becomes a better place for everyone. You can help make a real and often life-changing difference to the lives of young people. An opportunity to work, learn and have fun alongside others who are passionate about youth work. Develop your own skills and personal development through training and learning. Be part of something amazing and feel a sense of achievement. My experience as a volunteer has been amazing, I work with an encouraging team who are very supportive and passionate about helping young teens. The best part of what I do is working with the children, they are talented, creative, and generally kind individuals. This experience has taught me a lot, I wouldn't change it for the world. Club volunteer. Click on the roles below for some more information. Youth Club Volunteer Roles Club Volunteer Youth Worker Surrey Clubs for Young People Volunteer Roles SCYP Trustee We have two minimum criteria for volunteering: You are over 18 years of age and you can offer us a minimum involvement of 12 months. Please note that all roles working with young people will require you to be subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service check (DBS). “We believe volunteering is a two-way relationship where both parties enjoy and gain from the experience. Our application process helps us find out what you want to get from volunteering with us and what role would be a great fit for you." What happens next? An informal and friendly telephone chat with us. Face to face or online meeting (following Covid-19 secure guidelines). Application form 2 references & a DBS check. Allocation to Volunteering Role. To chat with us, please email: [email protected] or call Nick; 07770 481 773 and we'll call you back. “Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart.” – Elizabeth Andrew TRUSTEE WEEK 2-6 November 2020 Trustee week in 2020 has come in a year which has been extremely challenging for many organisations. We'd like to pause and thank all those who volunteer across Surrey to keep youth clubs at the heart of our communities but with a special highlight on the role of Trustee. Not only do our Trustees manage the governance and future of the clubs they often also volunteer as coaches, youth workers, fundraisers, organisers, tidy-uppers and a hundred roles in-between. Over the last six months, charities have seen income reduce and the way organisations deliver work change significantly. This is all whilst board meetings have become remote with decisions even more time-sensitive. Being a trustee always involves complex decisions, but 2020 has been unique in presenting tough challenges full of unknown. Never has there been more need for committed, skilled and diverse trustees. People who want to make a difference to their communities by providing, often now a virtual space, so that the young people in their communities can feel a sense of belonging, of support and can have role models that will help them grow into active and community minded adults.