What do GFS volunteers do?
Our volunteers are integral to everything we do at Girls Friendly Society and they provide us with much-needed support in all areas across the organisation. We have over 400 volunteers working in a variety of roles – from Leaders who run weekly groups all over England and Wales, to occasional helpers and those who volunteer behind the scenes with administration.
What will I gain?
Volunteering with GFS is a great way to meet like minded people who share the same passion for the development and empowerment of girls and young women. There are lots of other benefits too, such as:
- Making a positive difference to the lives of girls and young women.
- Having fun, meeting new people and being part of a community.
- Learning new skills and develop existing ones.
- Demonstrating a commitment to a cause.
- A springboard to a career and earning academic credit.
- Providing a girl or young women with an opportunity they never had.
Direct roles - open to women aged 18+ only
These roles involve working directly with girls and young women helping to deliver activities, outings, events, services and support. This could be as a Group Leader or Activity Leader of an already established GFS group, or even setting up your own new GFS group in your area.
Our groups are women-only spaces. Consequently, we can only engage female volunteers for these roles. You will also need to have an enhanced child workforce DBS certificate (paid for by GFS).
Support roles - open to all
These roles do not require direct engagement with girls and young women, but provide much needed support to groups or head office in a variety of areas such as: social media, administration, finance (bookkeeping), networking, marketing, photography, videography, graphic design, web design, events and fundraising support.
Fundraising - open to all
Help support us through fundraising. This could be a sponsored event such as a marathon or another sporting event, coffee mornings and tea parties. Got another idea? Let us know!
You do not need previous experience in youth work for our direct roles - all we ask is that you have a genuine enthusiasm for the development and empowerment of girls and young women. We provide all our direct volunteers with the professional training and the know-how to successfully work with young people and how to run our Girls Friendly Society activities.
However, we would expect previous experience or transferable skills to successfully run a few of our support roles. For example, we would expect a social media volunteer or communications assistant to have excellent proof-reading and written language skills, but not to have necessarily worked in a communications role previously.
It depends on the type of role and the amount of time you are willing and able to give. For example, a minimum of a couple of hours a week is considered standard for a typical Group Leader role, plus an extra hour for admin once a month.
Starting a new group from scratch will require a bit of extra time and commitment, but once your new group is fully established, these hours should decrease. The larger your volunteer team, the more duties you can split between you all.
Support role volunteer roles are much more flexible and the length of commitment really varies depends on the role description itself and your availability.
“Being a GFS leader means having the opportunity to enable young women and girls to have a place of activity they can call their own. Friendships are formed between girls, their families and the leaders which can last the rest of their lives. It gives a sense of satisfaction to see girls blossom and grow in confidence and gives them a sense of self-worth.“
Get in touch
Want to find out a bit more about a particular role or not quite sure if volunteering is for you? Please fill out this contact form and a member of our staff team will be in touch soon.
Download the full GFS Activity Leader role description for more information on the responsibilities and commitments are expected of assisting a GFS Group Leader with the running of a group.