We provide some great opportunities for people of all ages to volunteer their time, skills and experience with us. We value our dedicated volunteers – they are integral to everything we do at Girls Friendly Society and they provide us with much-needed support in all areas across the organisation.
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 helper or leader of an already established GFS group, or even setting up your own brand 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 a background (DBS) check undertaken.
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.
There are many reasons for volunteering with Girls Friendly Society including:
Making a positive difference to the lives of girls and young women.
Meeting new people and being part of a community.
Learning new skills and develop existing ones.
Demonstrating a commitment to a cause (e.g. youth development/feminism).
A springboard to a career and earning academic credit.
Providing a girl or young women with an opportunity they never had.
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.