There are many good reasons to volunteer – the most important one is because you want to! You may want to meet new people, fill spare time, develop or learn new skills, gain experience, meet a new challenge or support a cause you believe in. Volunteering provides you with crucial experience of working with children and young people within the city. Some childcare related qualifications require candidates to have had previous experience working or volunteering for a period of 6 months prior to commencment on the training course. Volunteering can also enhance your knowledge and provide a vital understanding of the roles when applying for positions within the childcare workforce.
There are hundreds of different opportunities in York, visit the vacancy page for volunteering opportunities with children. Opportunities are available within Children’s Centres, Out of Schools clubs and committees for playgroups and out of school clubs.
Induction and Supervision – you should be given an induction which will inform you all about the volunteering tasks and the organisation. Your role should be made clear to you and you should be happy with the tasks you are set. You will also be given a supervisor within the organisation who you can go to if you need help or support.
Health and Safety, and Equal Treatment – you should not be discriminated against for any reason. You should not be asked to volunteer in unsafe or unhealthy conditions. The organisation should have an up to date Equal Opportunities policy and Health and Safety Policy.
Out of Pocket Expenses – You should be able to claim genuine out of pocket expenses such as travel and meals. Ask before you start volunteering.