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.

What are the types of volunteering roles?

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!

Do I need any previous experience?

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.

What will I gain from volunteering with GFS?

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.

  • Having fun!

  • 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.

How much time would I need to commit?

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.

Join our volunteer team

Thank you for your interest in joining our GFS Volunteer Team! Firstly we need to find out a little about you, your skills and why you would be an amazing volunteer. The information you provide here will be used to contact you in regards to your application.

Your details

Are you already a GFS volunteer?
No - I'm registering for the first time.Yes - I currently volunteer with GFS

Your first name

Your second name

Your date of birth:

Your email address

Your phone number

Your address
Street address



Your volunteering interests

Which GFS volunteering role(s) are you interested in/are already involved in?Roles working directly with girls and young women are open to women aged 18+ only.
Setting up a new GFS group near meVolunteering for a role working directly with girls and young women in an already existing group.Volunteering to help out in a home or office-based support role

Your availability and commitment

How much time are you able to/currently dedicate to volunteering with GFS each week?

How long would you be able to volunteer for?

Your DBS status

Do you have a current advanced DBS check for working with young people? Don’t worry if you do not have a current DBS at this stage, we simply need to know for admin purposes.

About you

You don't have to write an essay or your entire CV here. Bullet points are just fine.

Please briefly tell us why you want to volunteer for us:

Please tell us about your education, training, work experience and any other relative experience you have suitable for the role.


Please provide the contact details for two people who could offer a character reference for you.
At least one reference would need to be from someone who knows you on a professional/academic basis and another could be from a friend.

We will only get in touch with your referees once a volunteer role has been offered to you and you wish to proceed to the next stage. This section is optional, however it would help us greatly if you could fill this information now so we can process your application faster.

First reference
Their first name

Their surname

Their email address

How do they know you?

How many years have they known you?

Second reference
Their first name

Their surname

Their email address

How do they know you?

How many years have they known you?

Equality and diversity

Information provided in this section is kept private and confidemtial and will not be used as part of your application.Providing this information helps us to monitor our commitment of attracting and retaining volunteers from a diverse range of communities.

What is your gender?

What is your sexual orientation?
HeterosexualGay/lesbianBisexualOtherPrefer not to say

Do you have a disability?
YesNoPrefer not to say

What is your ethnic origin?

What is your native language?

What is your religion?


How did you first hear about GFS? (optional)This helps us find out which of our marketing methods are the most effective use of our funds.

Subscribe to our newsletter (optional).We're a charity, so we may also provide information about other ways to get involved such as adult membership and fundraising opportunities from time to time. We will never spam and we will never sell your information to third parties. You can unsubscribe at any time.


I have answered this form truthfully and to the best of my knowledge. I agree to Girls Friendly Society keeping information about me as part of their volunteer recruitment process and to contact me in relation to this volunteering form. This information will be kept in strict confidentiality subject to the Data Protection Act 1998 and GDPR 2018.
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