YMCA DownsLink Group is a charity that has been serving local communities since 1855. Each year we support over 15,000 children, young people and families across Sussex and Surrey. Children, young people and families are at the heart of YMCA DownsLink Group with a particular focus on the needs of young people who find themselves on the fringes of society and need support. The work of the YMCA DLG overall covers a wide range of areas including accommodation, general advice, sexual exploitation, mental health, housing advice, youth clubs, childcare, counselling, mentoring, alternative education and apprenticeships.
What does the opportunity involve doing?
Help young people achieve their full potential by supporting them to gain skills for life, learning and employment.
We are looking for volunteers to engage young people, aged 16-25 years in our Supported Housing units, to participate in group activity sessions and events which have been planned with the Volunteer Coordinator. Volunteers will plan, prepare and deliver timetabled activity sessions for small groups of young people in our supported housing projects. At YMCA DownsLink Group our work is targeted towards young lives on the fringes of our society with the aim of helping them to belong, contribute and thrive.
What induction, training and support is offered?
Volunteers will be offered a thorough induction, as well as training and support throughout their time with YMCA DLG. There will also be additional opportunities to get involved with wider YMCA DLG activities and build experience with the wider organisation.
What skills or qualities are needed?
All sorts of people become Engagement Volunteers. You do not need to have specific formal qualifications, but you will need patience, resilience, empathy and tolerance and a good sense of humour! You will also need to be able to relate well to young people and enjoy spending time in their company.
You will be aged 18 and above, have an interest or skill you would like to share with young people, as a one-off session, or regular sessions for an agreed length of time.More info
25th August 2021
Deadline for applications
30 Nov 2021