Volunteering Opportunities at Sidings Community Centre
Sidings Community Centre offers a range of opportunities for volunteering. Volunteers can expect to gain extra skills and practical experience, plus training opportunities in return for offering their genuine time and commitment. All volunteers are regarded as valued additions to the centre team, enhancing the quality and range of what the centre can offer. Volunteer opportunities can be occasional, for a defined period or regular and ongoing.
People can volunteer in the following key service areas:
- Early Years and related services*
- Youth Club & Out-of-School Project*
- Computer Learning Centre*
- Centre Administration & Publicity
- Becoming a Trustee
- Green and Environmental Issues
- Fundraising events and schemes
* will need to agree to undergo a DBS check
Benefits of Volunteering
Volunteering can be a useful way to:
- keep your CV alive
- build skills and experience to help job and career prospects
- introduce you to a new set of friends or people with like-minded interests
- provide you with free training
- put something back into the community for the benefit of others
- open routes to new skills and activities
- feel part of a more connected community
Corporate Social Responsibility Opportunities
We will be exploring ways to engage with the business sector to tap into any Corporate Social Responsibility programmes which may benefit the area. This could range from one-off activity such as painting & decorating days, helping with a fund-raising event, or offering longer-term pro-bono support with professional skills. If you would like to discuss any opportunities for shared action, use our premises in exchange for some help – please get in touch.
The centre currently offers several placement opportunities throughout the year. These can range from adults who need placements every day or certain days in the week over a term or over a year. We offer placements to school-aged young people (mostly Year 11 -13) placements for one or two weeks in our key services areas (as above)
We can also offer placements for some people who might be doing in-service training for employment purposes, or some students undertaking research projects. We will work with the school or college to ensure our placement meets requirements and offer appropriate supervision for young people under 18 years old.
We also encourage our older youth members to become youth trustees or ambassadors to take on representing the youth club in consultation events or adopting a more responsible role within our youth club provision. Several of our former youth members have become members of staff in our play, early years, and youth service.