Volunteering at Legacy Youth Zone is a great way to get involved with your community, enhance your skills, have fun and make a difference to the lives of young people.
Through the commitment and enthusiasm from our amazing volunteers, young people can access a wealth of knowledge, skills and experiences encouraging them to aspire to and learn from. With such a wide variety of volunteer opportunities available, you will be able to share and enhance your skills or challenge yourself to get out of your comfort zone and do something new.
Why do people volunteer at Legacy:
- Make a difference to young people’s lives
- To give back to their community
- Meet new people
- Enhance CV
- Career change
- Have fun
To become a volunteer at Legacy, we need you to:
- Be passionate about inspiring young people
- Be aged 18 or over
- Be able to commit initially to minimum 3 hours a week for 12 weeks
- Undergo an Enhanced DBS & provide 2 references
- Take part in induction training
- An understanding of and commitment to celebrating diversity & equality
- Ability to work with people from a variety of backgrounds and circumstances
How much time am I expected to give?
We ask that you initially commit to minimum of 3hours a week for 12 weeks. Why? To give you time to settle into the role and get to know the team and young people. We hope that after the initial 12 weeks you will be able to volunteer on a weekly basis.
Why should I volunteer at Legacy?
Not only can you help to make a real difference in a young person’s life, you can develop your skills and give your CV a boost, help to get back into work with a great reference, improve your confidence and meet new people!
Do I need a DBS to volunteer?
Yes, you will require a Volunteer Enhanced DBS before starting volunteering at Legacy as well as two references.
When can I expect a response to my application?
You will be contacted within 7 working days of receiving your application form.
Will I have an interview?
Yes, you will be invited to an interview with the Volunteer & Training Manager and the Coordinator of the role you will be interviewing for eg. the Rec Lead if you would like to volunteer in the Rec Area. It will take between 45 minutes to 1 hour and is a good way to get to know us at Legacy, aswell as what your role at Legacy will look like.
What happens at induction?
We want to ensure our volunteers have as much training behind them before they get started to ensure that they feel comfortable and confident to get started at Legacy. Our induction process includes a number of training courses that must be completed:
• Legacy induction training (which includes Legacy and the history of the Youth Zones, Youth Work, Effective Communication, Legacy’s Safeguarding, Boundaries, Being a Volunteer)
• Croydon’s Online Training platform: Safeguarding Children Level 1 & 2, Safeguarding Children with Disabilities, & Unconscious Bias
Will I be supported throughout my volunteering?
Not only will you be part of a brilliant team making a difference in young people’s lives, you will also get the Legacy branded uniform, any out of pocket travel will be reimbursed (where presented with a valid receipt) and you get a meal each session you volunteer from our lovely Big Love Kitchen Cares Café.
Are there any extra perks of volunteering at Legacy?
Not only will you be part of a brilliant team making a difference in young people’s lives, you will also get the Legacy branded uniform, any out of pocket travel will be reimbursed (where presented with a valid receipt) and you get a meal each session you volunteer from our lovely Big Love Kitchen Café.
We are recruiting for volunteers in the following:
Committed to ensuring that everyone, regardless of their ability can get involved? You will be getting involved in all activities run in the youth zone to ensure young people with additional needs feel supported and enabled to take on new challenges.
Are you a keen gardener with an eye for keeping green tidy and looking lovely. We have a number of natural grassy areas around the youth zone that we need some help with the upkeep. If this sounds like something you would enjoy, please do get in touch.
We are looking for volunteers who can coach, encourage, motivate and provide reliable support to young people who are taking part in Legacy’s employability programme Break the Cycle. If you would like to help young people develop their confidence as well as the skills needed to get into employment get in contact today.
Can you support a young person plan and start their own company from the very beginning, we need you! We are looking for volunteers who can support our young people in learning topics relevant to planning and running a business and to consider whether self-employment is right for them.
Love all things sports related? From football, to basketball, tennis to netball, we are always looking for energetic volunteers to support in our Sports Hall and outdoor MUGA pitch.
Got what it takes to volunteer in our boxing gym? Lets put your skills into action engaging and supporting young people learn the basics to becoming the next amateur boxer.
Is photography or film production your thing? We are looking for volunteers to help young people engage in the world of media: creating movies, taking part in photography projects, debating blockbusters and the meaning behind them.
Do you have a passion for arts and crafts that will inspire young people to express themselves and get involved. The art room offers a creative space to explore drawing, painting, graffiti, fashion, design, textiles, and much more.
Volunteer office support/Receptionist
Even from before opening we will have a number of opportunities to support our back office, completing administrative duties & reception work. We are specifically looking for people with time to spare who have IT & all general admin skills, if this sounds like you, get in touch.
Training Kitchen Volunteer
We are looking for volunteers to make a difference to the lives of young people, supporting them to make healthier choices. This role is about encouraging and supporting young people to get involved in a range of skills including; cookery, budgets, healthy options, health and safety.
Tuck Shop/Catering Volunteer
We need enthusiastic, engaging volunteers to help serve nutritious and delicious meals to our young people as well as snacks at our tuck shop during sessions.
Health and Wellbeing
Understand the importance of health & wellbeing on young peoples development? Volunteer in our H&W room! We need volunteers who won’t shy away from those all-important conversations that young people bring to the table.
Got a background in gym & fitness? Come and support our young people to reach their goals in our state of the art gym.
Performing Arts Volunteer
Involved in performing arts? Come and support young people to develop their confidence & skills through dance, drama and spoken word. The programme for young people offers a variety of activities developing their creativity across all performing arts.
Love making music? We are always looking for people to support young people to create music, write songs & produce tracks.
Are you an experienced radio DJ or producer, get involved to encourage young people to become a radio presenter or programme producer.
Climbing Wall Volunteers
We are looking for volunteers who are qualified or have a keen interest in supporting young people to develop the skills to ensure that they can safely take part in the climbing wall. You will always be supported by a qualified member of staff.
The Library is a brand-new room in Legacy offering young people a quiet and supportive place where they sit and read, borrow books to take home, do their homework or research for projects. We are looking for volunteers to help run the library Monday to Friday & Sunday 5 – 8pm ensuring it is kept up to date, tidy and engaging for young people.
Homework Club Volunteer
Our Homework Club will be based out of our brand-new library and will run weekdays 5 – 8pm. Young people will be able to come in and do their homework/school work with the support of volunteers. We are really keen to be able to offer range of subjects to support young people – if you are fluent in a language or a budding math’s whizz, please do let us know!
GIVE YOUR CV A BOOST
Time Bank recently did a survey of some of the UK’s leading businesses and 73%* said they’d employ someone who’s volunteered over someone who hasn’t.
GET BACK INTO WORK
It’s a great way to get a reference and fill gaps in your work experience. You can also try out different types of work to get a taster – which can really help you if you’re looking for a job or want to change direction.
IMPROVE YOUR CONFIDENCE
You’ll learn and do things that you might not normally get the chance to – this can be a real confidence boost.
MEET NEW PEOPLE
You’ll probably meet people from different cultures and backgrounds that you might not normally. Volunteering with people who are as passionate about improving the opportunities for you people,