Senior member volunteering in a youth club
As a senior member you work with other young people, giving your time to support the youth work team.
This is an opportunity to develop skills and responsibilities. Senior members play an important role in the service we offer young people. The Family Support Service value the senior members' time and skills.
Becoming a senior member is a privilege; committing yourself to this role is an important decision to make.
You'll need to carefully consider if you're:
- ready to move into this position of responsibility and trust
- able to fulfil the requirements of the role
We recommend that you're at least 2 years older than the young people you're working with.
The senior member's role
To become a youth work senior member, you'll need to:
- be interested in working with young people
- have time to offer
- be non-judgemental
- be aged between 14 and 17; at 18 you become an adult volunteer and complete a Disclosure Barring Scheme (DBS) form
As a senior member it's likely you'll do a variety of jobs, such as:
- providing support for youth work activities
- working as part of the youth work team
- contributing towards planning and evaluating youth work activities
Your responsibilities as a volunteer
Your responsibilities will be to:
- let your line manager know about any medical conditions that might affect the range of work you're able to take part in
- work within the policies and procedures of the Dorset Family Support Service
- keep to your agreed working pattern, letting your line manager know if you can't attend, or if you're going to be late
- take part in appropriate training opportunities as required by the service
Your line manager's responsibilities
Your line manager's responsibilities will be to:
- provide a clear explanation of your role and what you'll be expected to do
- provide you with an induction programme to help you understand your role
- provide you with an experienced youth worker who you can ask for advice, guidance and support
- provide you with access to training opportunities
- respect your skills and needs
- make sure that as a senior member, you're not classed as a full member of staff and never asked to work in an unsupervised situation
Contact your local youth worker for more information and advice if you're interested in becoming a senior member at a youth club in Dorset.