Our advice and emotional support is done remotely, our learning is going online, our drop-in sessions are on hold but we do still need volunteers for the future. We have spaces for volunteers in Sherborne and funding to develop our learning programme into Gillingham.
If this is something that you might be interested in then why not get in touch with Julie – we’re planning an ‘in person’ recruitment afternoon for when the restrictions lift and getting in touch now means we can set the ball rolling and keep you in touch with developments.
Volunteers are a huge part of what goes on at the Rendezvous. We have volunteers of all ages and experience. If you’re interested in volunteering with us then take a look at the sorts of opportunities we have available and get in touch with Julie Bartle for a chat.
>> Volunteers’ Facebook group
There are different types of volunteering opportunities:
- Coffee Bar Volunteers
- Tutors – Maths, English or ICT
- Administration Volunteers
All our volunteers go through an induction and will receive training and guidance which includes safeguarding, safer working practices and health and safety. Learning mentors will be expected to attend the Mentor training programme (open to all volunteers). Volunteers will be invited to take part in additional training sessions alongside staff and may be supported through Youth worker qualifications.
“I’ve learnt so much from doing this and have really enjoyed it. It’s made me think differently about what I do next.” – volunteer
All our volunteers need to have a current and valid DBS certificate. This is something that we can arrange for you – there is no cost involved and the DBS is portable which means you will be able to use it in other organisations who might be working with children or vulnerable adults.
“Talking about careers; different options. She’s really helped me think about where to put my focus” – young person
General Coffee Bar Volunteers
Volunteers manage the coffee bar serving drinks and snacks. Volunteers are encouraged to talk and engage with the young people and to take part in activities that might be going on – doing puzzles, starting debates.
Open Doors Mentors
Our Open Doors Mentors are people who work on a 1:1 basis with a young person to help them identify their goals, develop their action plan and support them as they work through it. Meetings tend to take place at the Rendezvous and you will have regular supervision meetings. We take great care in matching mentors with young people to make sure the relationship works. Being non- judgemental and able to listen is key but participation in a specific 4 session training course is a requirement for all mentors.
Open Doors Tutors
Our tutors are a band of people who feel confident in being able to help young people to achieve English and Maths Level 1 and 2 (OCR). Some of our tutors are retired teachers – some of them aren’t. ‘Functional skills’ is about being able to use English and Maths in everyday life. It’s not about writing essays with references and footnotes or doing algebra so don’t be put off by that.
Volunteers who provide us with occasional or regular admin support need to be relatively IT literate. Help with filing and data collection really helps us by freeing up the youth workers to focus on the young people. Admin volunteers can work at times to suit them and it’s often better to work when we’re shut and would suit people who want to support the Rendezvous but don’t feel confident about working with young people directly.