Volunteering with Children and Young People


​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 ​ ​


​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


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