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?
Some of our roles work directly with girls and young women across England and Wales, and others are office or home-based support roles.
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. Groups (which consist of projects, branches and clubs) 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.
These roles do not require direct engagement with girls and young women, but provide much needed support to projects, clubs, branches or head office in a variety of areas such as: social media, administration, finance (bookkeeping), networking, marketing, photography, videography, graphic design, web design, events, fundraising.
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.
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?
The amount of time you would be required to commit depends on the type of role and the amount of time you are willing and able to give. GFS sessions are run weekly, so a minimum of a couple of hours a week is considered standard for a typical group leader role for instance.