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 150 volunteers working in a variety of roles – from leaders who run weekly groups all over England and Wales, to those who volunteer behind the scenes supporting with administration, social media, fundraising and book keeping.
Where are your groups?
We have groups around England and Wales. You can see if there is one near you on our group finder. If there isn’t a group nearby, you can still let us know you’re interested if we do open a new group.
What will I gain?
Volunteering with GFS is a great way to meet like-minded people who share a passion for the 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 local community.
- Learning new skills and develop existing ones.
- A springboard to a new career.
- Providing a girl or young women with new opportunities.
We currently have lots of vacancies. Please take a look at our volunteer vacancies page to see if there is a suitable volunteering opportunity for you.
We have opportunities available throughout the year - please take a look at the role descriptions at the bottom of the volunteer vacancies page. If you don’t find a role that you’re interested in, please feel free to get in touch and we can discuss whether there is another way to involve you in our work.
We are also always looking for Fundraisers (you can view the role description here). Fundraisers are integral to the work we do at GFS and they provide a vital source of income for the organisation.
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 training and guidance to successfully work with young people and run GFS Groups.
We would ask to see some skill or previous experience to enable you to fulfil a support role For example, a social media volunteer would need some proof-reading and written language skills, but not to have necessarily worked in a specific role previously.
It depends on the type of role and the amount of time you are able to give. For example, a minimum of around 4 hours a week for a leader role, which includes additional time for admin tasks associated with running the Group.
Starting a new group from scratch will require some extra time and commitment, but once your new group is fully established, these hours should decrease. The larger your volunteer team, the more tasks you can split.
Support role volunteer roles are more flexible and the length of commitment varies depending on the role description 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.“