Community Volunteering

Drop-in Volunteer Scheme

The purpose of this role is to help Allsorts staff to run a supportive drop-in space for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and unsure (LGBTU) young people aged 16-25. At the drop-in the young people can access information and support, meet other LGBTU young people their age and participate in a range of activities designed to promote their well-being (for example, workshops on sexual health, coming out and other relevant topics as well as more social and creative activities such as art and drama projects).

In line with our Safeguarding Policy, all volunteers must undergo a DBS check. Please click here for information about DBS checks.

Activities:

  • Help the staff team to facilitate the drop-in’s programme of activities (workshops, art projects, games etc)
  • Help the young people to participate in the drop-in’s activities
  • Help the staff team to set up the drop-in and clear up afterwards
  • Help prepare and serve meals for the young people
  • Provide support and information to the young people
  • Take part in de-brief session after the drop-in and fill in the relevant monitoring forms

Time Commitment

The Allsorts drop-in is on a Tuesday evening, from 5.30pm to 8.30pm. Volunteers are expected to arrive at 5pm to help set up the drop-in. After the drop-in, we clear up and hold a de-brief session, finishing at about 9pm. Volunteers are normally expected to volunteer at least two evenings a month for one year.

Site

Central Brighton Location

Induction/Training

Volunteers are expected to attend a six week induction training process before they begin volunteering. This introduces volunteers to how Allsorts works and their role as a Drop-in Volunteer. The induction usually takes place at a venue in central Brighton on a Tuesday evening, from 6pm to 8pm. Allsorts also runs regular ongoing training for volunteers on a range of topics.

Supervision/Support

New volunteers receive supervision/support sessions with a member of staff regularly for the first 6 months. After volunteering for six months, supervision takes place on a quarterly basis. Two supervision sessions a year are one-to-one supervision sessions with a member of staff. The other supervision sessions are group supervision sessions, led by a member of staff and two Drop-in Volunteers who sit on our Management Committee. Supervision is an opportunity for the volunteer to reflect on their progress, raise any concerns they may have and make plans for how they would like their volunteer role to develop. Volunteers can also contact a worker any time during working hours if they have particular concerns that they urgently need to discuss.

Benefits

  • Travel fees reimbursed
  • Free meal at the drop-in
  • Ongoing training
  • Reference

Want to volunteer with us?

We are currently not looking for new volunteers, but if you would like to be added to our waiting list then please contact Freya at admin@allsortsyouth.org.uk