Welcome to YSS and thank you for your interest in becoming a volunteer with us
Meet the team
YSS has an enthusiastic team of volunteer co-ordinators responsible for recruiting and supporting our volunteers . They are :
- Herefordshire: Beth Raynor-Smith,Volunteer Co-ordinator, and ARC Project Coordinator Amy Lunt
- Shropshire : Vicky Campbell Volunteer Co-ordinator
- Telford: Mandy Gray, Volunteer Co-ordinator and Jess Whitfield, ARC Senior Project Coordinator
- Worcestershire: Carole Blake, Senior Volunteer Co-ordinator; Jonathan Cawdron, Senior Volunteer Co-ordinator
There are many reasons and benefits to being a volunteer with YSS. As well as providing a valuable service to our clients, volunteering can open doors to employment by helping you build skills and experience, give a sense of worth and be a way of meeting like-minded and motivated people. Some people volunteer because they “want to give something back” others because they themselves have faced issues in the past that our clients are facing. It can also be challenging but above all, extremely rewarding. It can make a huge difference to our clients if they know someone is motivated and cares enough to offer their time for free.
“Volunteers’ Perspective” – read what our volunteers say about volunteering :Celebrating Volunteering: Volunteers’ Perspective
Who are our volunteers?
YSS looks to recruit a diverse group of male and female volunteers aged 18+ who come from all kinds of backgrounds, cultures and interests with the common bond of being motivated to work with young people, adults and families who are vulnerable, have complex needs and face difficult life challenges. We want our volunteers to reflect the communities we are working in.
How do I become a volunteer ?
All volunteers need to first of all complete an application form , your local YSS volunteer co-ordinator will then arrange to meet you for a meeting at a place and time to suit you. This will give you the opportunity to find out more about YSS and the work we are involved in. It also gives YSS the chance to find out more about you and your expectations about the volunteer work in which you are interested. The volunteer co-ordinator will explain at this meeting what happens next in terms of training etc.
As all of our volunteering positions involve working directly with our clients we will carry out a Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly CRB) check on everyone who volunteers for us. Please note that this does not exclude people with criminal convictions from applying and please do not hesitate to contact your local volunteer co-ordinator if you are concerned about this and wish to discuss it further before applying.
YSS runs volunteer training programmes on a rolling basis all throughout the year. Basic training programmes normally last two days and are run on weekdays and at weekends in a range of locations throughout the areas we work.
At present we have around 120 volunteers involved in a range of different roles within the organisation. We normally ask volunteers to give 2-3 hours per week when they have an ‘active’ case.
Click on the geographic area you are interested in volunteering in, for full details about the volunteering opportunities available in that area and an application form.
The Volunteering relationship: what works: a recent survey 2012
A recent survey, commissioned by CLINKS has evaluated the volunteer impact, and YSS is one of the organisations included: The volunteering relationship: what works. The results are based on interviews with a range of stakeholders. It makes the case for involving volunteers in work with offenders.