Can you spare some time to volunteer with us? The Hunslet Club needs volunteers of all ages to help deliver its provision of over 96 activities for people of all ages. The benefits of volunteering are enormous to you, your family, friends and community. The right match can help you find friends, give back to your local community and importantly learn new skills and advance your career. For young people and students, volunteering is an excellent opportunity to learn, develop, increase knowledge and gain some real world experience. It can enhance your CV and help increase your confidence. Volunteering your services to help others is not just hugely satisfying; it can also teach you skills that are invaluable to potential employers when it comes to raising yourself above competitors.
We’re looking for enthusiastic people with a range of skills, talents and interests to work. We have a variety of roles which you can undertake:
Sports Coaching (Football, boxing, rugby etc)
Youth Club support
Activity Camp support
Helping out at Club events
Remember, you don’t need any specific skills or experience of working with young people to get involved – just a few spare hours each week and a desire to help young people make the most of their lives. The Hunslet Club is committed to providing training and support for all our volunteers. Our induction and training programme includes safeguarding of young people, understanding equality & diversity and dealing with challenging behaviour
Where To Start?
If you have a clear idea of the kind of session and volunteer work you would like to be involved in, you can begin by researching your chosen area on our website. Make sure you have a brief idea of what we do here at the club and its history. After, you can take a look at our timetable and find the session times which best suit your schedule. Remember as a volunteer, you are not expected to work long hours or having complete commitment to each session. Just please make sure to contact us in advance to let us know if you have any upcoming changes or your availability fluctuates.
After you have decided on the above, you can contact Donna Hall (firstname.lastname@example.org) where you can arrange a tour of our building and an informal chat with some of our staff members to discuss your role and its potential future. If you would like to apply to help out at an event, visit our events page and find one that interests you. (https://www.hunsletclub.org.uk/news/upcoming-events/) Then, please contact email@example.com to register your interest.
Don’t worry, you won’t be thrown in the deep end, you will also receive practical ‘on the job’ training to make sure you are fully integrated into The Hunslet Club team.
Case Study – Donna Hall – Youth Development Manager
“I first started coming to the club as a young member. I had 2 older brothers who came to do boxing and I would tag along and do youth club. In 2004, the club advertised for paid support workers. I was unsuccessful in my application, due to a lack of experience working with children and young people. I knew this was what I wanted to do so I asked if I could do some voluntary work at the Club. Moreover, I started doing 15 hours a week on a voluntary basis. At the time I was a single parent with a young child, unemployed and claiming benefits to survive. I realised straight away that I loved helping out at the club. I started helping out in the DJ sessions and ended up volunteering 5 days a week helping out in all areas of the daytime education provision.
Working and learning
By February 2005 more support worker vacancies were created. I re-applied and was delighted to secure a paid position working Monday to Friday 9.30 – 2.30pm. When I had my appraisal in 2008 I was asked the question: ”where do you see yourself in 3 years time?”. It really made me think about what I wanted to achieve in the future. I was advised to look at taking a formal qualification in youth work. Then, I applied to do a degree at University. After 4 years, I achieved a degree in Youth and Community Development (BA Hons), all this whilst working a 30 hour week at The Hunslet Club. My degree, together with working at the club helped me to increase my confidence in dealing with young people’s issues. I am now the Child Protection Officer for the club.
Prospering in the workplace
Graduating in 2012, my career at the club has gone from strength to strength. I took on responsibility for re-launching the Youth Club, where numbers are now thriving and I set up the Activity camp provision, which now sees up to 100 children a day having fun during the school holidays. In 2015, I was promoted to Youth Development Manager where I oversee all youth projects at the Club including our successful evening vocational programme; the Monday Evening Project. Working at the Club is so varied. You never know what is going to happen and no two days are ever the same. I get a great sense of self-fulfilment watching the young people who come through our doors go on a journey to become responsible young adults.
How to get involved
If you have any questions about becoming a volunteer for The Hunslet Club, please get in touch with Donna Hall, our Youth Development Manager on 0113 2716489 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
The Hunslet Club are always looking for a range of enthusiastic people with varying skills, talents and interests to work within a variety of roles. To enable you to become an active volunteer, please complete and return your application form as soon as possible. You will then be invited to attend a short informal interview and complete a CRC/DBS disclosure form.
I look forward to receiving your application very soon (We also welcome students seeking work placements)