We welcome support from people, businesses and organisations in all sorts of ways. Donations to support our work are always welcomed but there are also other ways to get involved. Why not become a volunteer or help us develop our events group?

Our volunteer tutors are the mainstay of our learning programme, helping young people get vital qualifications – see our Tutors page if you would like to get involved in this way.

All those who support us join our group of like-minded Friends whose contribution makes a real and positive difference to the lives of young people. We hope you can have some fun too.

You can keep up to date with our activities by signing up to our newsletters.

Want a more active role?

There are lots of ways to get involved in our work.

What does behind the scenes volunteering mean?

If you have admin, practical business skills and experience you think could benefit us then please get in touch.

Let us know what your skills are and we’ll see how we can use them – we’ve found roles for administrators, software specialists and carpenters, among others.

Volunteers have provided invaluable support with administration for our learning programme, for example, setting up databases and helping maintain the premises.

Please get in touch if you think you can help, using the form at the bottom of the page.

We are keen to keep up a regular programme of events that are fun and add benefit to the community. Would you like to be involved?

Our twice weekly coffee mornings have been regular fixtures in many local people’s diaries. These and the regular jazz concerts held in the Cheap Street Church were well supported by the local community and raised tens of thousands of pounds over the years.

We have ideas for future events but there are many more things we could do with more help and we’d love to find volunteers with experience of music or events organisation.

Please get in touch with Fiona via the email form below for a chat.

Some of our Friends run their own fundraising events – or recruit their friends and family to do the same. People run bake sales, coffee mornings in their homes, sell plants for their garden. And whilst many of these things are off-limits during the pandemic there are other ways of running fundraising events – sponsored events, zoom quizzes and so on.

And if you don't have much time then we always welcome people to help out with activities such as street collections.

If you have the ideas then we will be delighted to support you – we are currently developing Rendezvous materials for our friendly fundraisers. If you’d like to have a chat then please contact Fiona.

You could join the wonderful people who give a regular amount on a monthly or annual basis which provides us with invaluable income that helps us plan ahead.

Life would be much harder without their regular support – and all financial gifts, whether large or small, are welcomed. You can make regular donations online here.

Some our Friends have also been kind enough to remember us in their will. Their gifts have given us financial stability and helped us to weather difficult periods, such as the financial crisis brought about by the coronavirus pandemic.

If you would like more information about how to remember us in your will, please get in touch.

We are looking for new trustees to join our board. If this is something you might be interested in and you have time to spare and experience in the fields of education, human resources, mental health or youth work then please get in touch with Stephen Uden, our chair of trustees, using the form below.

We recognise all those who support us through our Friends organisation.  You will receive:

  • Friends newsletters and copies or our annual reports
  • Project updates
  • Invitations to our AGM and our annual Friends thank you event
  • Invitations to other events

Get in touch

If you would like to get involved in supporting our work, please get in touch and tell us which roles you are interested in – you can use the form below. We’ll mail you back so do please check your junk mail if you don’t get a response.