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
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?
Absolutely! We want to ensure that you feel completely confident and supported whilst volunteering with us and so in the beginning you will be buddied up with an experienced member of the team. You will have a line manager in the area coordinator (eg Sports Coordinator), with the additional support of the Volunteer Manager.
We will be recruiting for volunteers in the following:
Volunteer Youth Worker
Are you passionate about inspiring young people to be the best that they can be? As a volunteer youth worker, you can help enable young people to socialise, have fun, and learn new skills helping them to become responsible, well-rounded adults.
We are looking for volunteers who have a passion for the arts and would like to share their skills in order to help young people express their creative talent through drawing, painting, photography, graffiti, fashion, design, textiles and much more. If this sounds like you, sign up to volunteer now.
Volunteer office support / IT / 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.
Through our fantastic new facilities, we can offer the young people a chance to get involved in a climbing wall, football, basketball, boxing, trampolining, wheelchair basketball and much more! If you have experience of any of these sports, whether playing or coaching we need you to get involved.
Theatrical dance and performing arts
If you have a passion for dance, theatre and performing arts, we need you to enable our young people to express their creative talents in a safe and nurturing environment.
Volunteer Kitchen assistant and tuck shop assistant
We need enthusiastic, engaging volunteers to help serve nutritious and delicious meals to our young people as well as snacks at our tuck shop. You can also support young people in cooking courses and training in catering to help enrich life skills.
As a Volunteer Mentor, you can have the opportunity to change lives, increase self-esteem and make young people feel valued and respected. If you have the optimism, positivity and passion to help young people grow and develop, come and volunteer with us.
We are looking for volunteers with the expertise and drive for fitness to bring their motivation and energy to our state-of-the-art fitness suite. If you have experience or qualifications in working in a gym, coaching gym sessions, or you would like to help motivate young people through fitness and training, get in touch now.
Music is hugely popular, and our goal is to provide a diverse offer to young people ranging from all types of music. We hope to offer tuition, support, lessons and opportunities to young people in all types of music from DJing and MC’ing skills to singing and drumming lessons…if you can help us do this, sign up to volunteer now.
We are looking for volunteers who can engage and support our young people on a range of topics from planning to running a business, self-employment, CV skills, money management/budgeting, filling out forms, interview techniques and much more. If you would like to share your experiences and knowledge, register today.
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,