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.

Direct 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.

Support roles:

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.

  • 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?

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.

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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.

Join our volunteer team

Your details
Your first name*

Your second name*

Your date of birth*: (e.g 30/11/1992)

Your email address

Your phone number

Your address
Street address

Town/city

Postcode

Equality and diversity

What is your ethnic origin?

What is your religion?

What is your native language?

What is your gender?
FemaleMaleTransgenderOther

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

Do you consider yourself to have a disability?
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If yes, please describe:

If yes, are you registered disabled?
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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.

Direct roles and setting up a new GFS group - open to women 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.

More info

Support roles open to all

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 marketing, admin, social media and photography.

More info

Fundraising for GFS 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!

More info

Which volunteering role(s) are you interested in/ are already involved in?
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 roleFundraising for GFS

About you

Most of our volunteering roles require no previous experience - but we would still like to know about your skills.

The only exception to this would be in a few of our support roles, but sometimes-transferable skills can be just as valuable over direct experience.

For example, we would expect a Social Media or Communications Assistant to have excellent proofreading and written language skills, but not to have necessarily worked in a communications role before.

Most importantly, we ask is that you have a genuine enthusiasm for the development and empowerment of girls and young women.

Your skills, training and hobbies
You don't have to write an essay or your entire CV here. Bullet points are just fine.

Please briefly tell us about your education or training.

Please briefly tell us about any relevant work or volunteering experience.

Do you have any other relevant training, skills or experience?

Do you have any hobbies or interests? (optional)

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

DBS and Awards

Don’t worry if you do not have a current DBS at this stage, we simply need to know at this stage for admin purposes.

Do you have a current advanced DBS check for working with young people?

Are you currently working towards a particular qualification or award? eg, NVQ, Duke of Edinburgh, V-Inspired Award etc.

If yes, which qualification/award?

References

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 agreed with you. 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?

Your time

How much time are you able to offer as a volunteer?

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How long would you be able to volunteer for?

Declaration

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.

I agree

How did you first hear about GFS?

We’re experiencing a few issues with our online forms at the moment.
If all fields are filled out correctly and “there was an error trying to send your message” is displayed, or nothing at all after you click submit – do not worry, your form has been sent.
We’re resolving this issue ASAP.