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 Volunteering with Children and Young People

​Play and Youth Volunteer​Challengers​Guildford

Challengers provides play and leisure services for disabled children, teenagers and young adults across Surrey and Hampshire.

The role of Play and Youth volunteers is to support the leaders, staff and other volunteers operating the schemes.  We look for friendly and enthusiastic people who want to support the children and young people that we have on scheme to enable them to have a fun filled and enjoyable day.

Our expectations for scheme volunteering are as follows – feel  free to choose one or more;

  • 2 Saturdays per month
  • Or 1 evening per week
  • 2 days every week over the summer holidays and/or Easter holidays and two half term breaks.

It is our hope that our volunteer will stay with us for 75 hours or more.

A DBS enhanced check will be carried out.


Experience of supporting disabled children and young people in a caring play environment.

Team work in a sociable and friendly environment.

Contributing to the mission of the charity to provide fun and safe places for disabled children and young people.

Expenses paid for travel up to 15 miles.

Achieve Vinspired award – sign up to website required

Character reference given after 100 hours volunteering

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Contact:  Volunteer@disability-challengers.org 01483 230 572


Volunteer Researcher​Challengers​Guildford

Challengers provides play and leisure services for disabled children, teenagers and young adults across Surrey and Hampshire.

The role of the Young Person Liaison Volunteer is to visit our schemes to gain feedback about Challengers schemes from the children and young people. They will carry out informal interviews, questionnaires and/or play games and activities aimed at soliciting feedback about Challengers and the activities we run.  We are looking for friendly and enthusiastic people who have excellent communication skills and are comfortable around disability.


Experience of researching and interviewing a very vulnerable group.

A chance to meet a great group of young people.

Contributing to the mission of the charity to provide fun and safe places for disabled children and young people.

Expenses paid for travel up to 15 miles.

Achieve a challengers award for 25 hours +

Character reference given when you leave as long as we know you well enough to give a reference.

Contact: Volunteer@disability-challengers.org,  01483 230 572 ​ ​


Social Activities Volunteer​halow project​Guildford
The halow project is dedicated to creating opportunities and supporting young people aged 16-35 with a learning disability so that they are able to live independent, meaningful, fulfilled lives and become more involved in their local community.

Art and Craft:

  • 9:30am-12pm
  • Every Thursday
  • Westfield Road, Slyfield,  Guildford.
  • We are looking for arty volunteers who are willing to share their ideas and skills. Some of our Young People need help with expressing their creative ideas and doing fiddly craft bits.

IT Sessions:

  • 2-4pm
  • Every Tuesday
  • Portsmouth Road, Guildford.
  • We are looking for volunteers who can help our young people with computer and technology skills with the support of the staff leader. If you have advanced computer skills this would be desirable. Tasks include, blogging, social media, photography, film making etc.

Gym sessions:

  • 10-12pm
  • Every Tuesday
  • Parkway, Guildford.
  • We need enthusiastic volunteers to encourage our young people to use the equipment properly, listen to the gym instructor, and support them to follow their personalised exercise plans. We also encourage volunteers to use the equipment as well.

Bowling sessions:

  • 7-9pm
  • Second and third Mondays of the month.
  • Parkway, Guildford.
  • We need volunteers to supervise a lane of young people (6 max) to play two games of bowling. The Young People may need help with choosing the right ball, help with paying for snacks, and physical help with lifting the ball. halow staff will be there on hand to support you.

Sports sessions:

  • 6-8pm
  • Every Wednesday
  • Horsham Road, Bramley.
  • We are looking for anyone interested in helping lead a few games of Boccia. You do not need experience as you will mostly be following trained Boccia halow staff. Tasks will include helping set up the hall, supporting young people to play the game and listen to the Boccia staff. For more information about boccia please visit http://gb-boccia.org/.
​ ​Reasonable travel expenses will be covered.
​Contact: Volunteering@halowproject.org.uk ​ ​


​Volunteer Playworker​Guildford Borough Council​Guildford

Overall Purpose:

To help support the delivery of the FISH playscheme, in providing accessible play, cultural and leisure activities for young people aged 10-16 years old.
To gain valuable experience of working with young people and learn to encourage them whilst helping the young people have an equal opportunity to take part in all aspects of the scheme.

Main Duties
1. To help create a play environment where young people can make choices, access a range of resources and be supported in their play and activities.
2. To suggest ideas and activities where appropriate without taking over young people’s freedom to choose and create their own play environment.
3. To be open to learning and gaining experience from Playworkers and other members of staff.
4. To understand and follow the procedures and policies that are in place which help FISH run safely and smoothly.
5. To help support and encourage positive behaviour of young people.
6. You are encouraged to participate in safeguarding, FISH training and induction prior to the start of the scheme.
7. To help promote and deliver a high public profile and customer care service on behalf of Guildford Borough Council.

Hours of volunteering:

The FISH scheme delivers for 1 week Monday to Friday during the Easter school holidays and 3 weeks Monday to Friday during the summer school holidays.
The basic hours for volunteers are flexible up to 37.5 hours per week during scheme delivery. Volunteer hours will be shared between all volunteers.
The daily hours of voluntary work shall be undertaken between 9.30am to 5pm daily (to be arranged by rota prior to the start of the scheme).
Training and induction are likely to be offered on weekends or in the evenings.
Uniform provided must be worn for this post.

​Contact: to apply visit https://www.guildford.gov.uk/fishjobs ​ ​
Young Farmers Club Leader​Surrey Young Farmers Club​Surrey - various locations

​Ever tried your hand at tree surgery then toasted marshmallows over an open fire in the woods? Rolled down a grassy slope on Box Hill? Built a raft in the pouring rain, then got even wetter testing it out? Walked a pack of bloodhounds over misty evening fields? Organised exciting and interesting activities for young people who love the countryside?

Young Farmers’ Clubs are about so much more than tractors and farming, although there’s a decent amount of that too!
Our club leaders organise a varied weekly programme of fun and interesting activities, from talks about deer or bees, through evening hikes in the North Downs and learning to rear chickens, to AirHop and LaserQuest. As a county, we hold competitions and events throughout the year, the highlight being the annual Cowpie Country Show in May.
Most of our clubs are for young people aged 10-18, but you can be a young farmer right up to the age of 26 and once you’re over 18 you can volunteer to lead a club.

We’re now looking for new leaders to support our clubs across the county, particularly at our Beare Green and Cranleigh clubs. We also have clubs in Reigate, Brockham, Dorking and Chobham.
If you love the countryside and working with young people, we want to hear from you - we ask for a couple of hours of your time one evening a week, and in return we offer you support and training and the opportunity to take part in loads of great activities.
So what are you waiting for? Give us a call to find out more…

The role of club leader with Surrey Young Farmers’ Clubs requires a satisfactory enhanced DBS check. ​ ​

​Contact: office@surreyyfc.co.uk | 01737 844 528 ​ ​


​Hospice Volunteer​Shooting Star Chase​Guildford

Our hospices are a friendly, positive and colourful home away from home for the children, young people and their families.

Running our hospices is a bit like running your own home – only on a much bigger scale.

Our volunteers help us keep everything running smoothly doing a wide variety of tasks such as:

• Helping on reception – answering the phone and greeting families
• Housekeeping – maintaining and cleaning communal areas
• Helping in the kitchen
• Helping with general maintenance – DIYers are welcome!
• Gardening
• Driving our minibus

​ ​Don’t worry, before we let you loose with a mop and bucket or screwdriver, full training will be provided!!
​Contact: Zeala.Day@shootingstarchase.org.uk https://www.shootingstarchase.org.uk/get-involved/volunteer/apply-to-be-a-volunteer/  ​ ​



​Playworker​Send Family Link​Send, 5 miles from Guildford
​Send Family Link is a local charity based at HMP Send and working in partnership with the prison to provide support services for the families and friends of women in custody. A particular focus is on the provision of play for children visiting their mother or other relative at HMP Send. Social visits take place 3 afternoons per week (Thursday, Saturday and Sunday) and special Children's Visits are held regularly throughout the year. The minimum age for volunteering in the prison is 18.


1.  Provide safe, creative and appropriate play activities during prison visits.

2.  Help manage play materials and ensure that equipment is kept in good order.

3.  Work within the policies of HMP Send, especially with reference to security.


At each visit session you would be working with another playworker. Prepared craft activities are available for volunteers to use if they wish.


One or two afternoons a month (Thursday, Saturday or Sunday), 1.45 –4pm

Skills Needed

  1. Able to provide safe and creative play
  2. Team worker
  3. Able to work on own initiative when necessary
  4. Reliable

Compulsory Training

1. Safeguarding vulnerable children and adults

2. Security Awareness

3. Induction to Volunteering in Prison

Training Offered

  1. The prison regime, including security issues
  2. Issues facing prisoners' families
  3. Playwork
  4. Child Protection
  5. Other ongoing training depending on needs and interests of volunteers


This role will be supervised by the Volunteer Manager. Mentoring is provided by experienced playworkers. Regular meetings are held for volunteers to exchange ideas.
Please be aware that all volunteers may be subject to a search, on occasions, when volunteering in the prison.

Travel expenses of up to 45p per mile for journeys of 10 miles each way will be covered.

​Contact: Sue Oliver 01483 471090 ​ ​


​Team Leader​The Children's Trust ​Tadworth, Surrey

We're looking for groups of students to band together and become Children's Trust Champions, volunteering their time through fundraising and events, to raise awareness for children with brain injury.


We're searching for enthusiastic students to sign up to be team leaders, to take on the challenge, Think you've got what it takes?


As Team Leaders, you'd organise events, run donation days, take part in volunteering challenges and be eligible for some great perks from us. We offer practical experience for your CV, special consideration for internships with us and specialised training & development.


​To find out more here and apply here: https://www.thechildrenstrust.org.uk/student-volunteering