Volunteer OpportunitiesWhat does it mean to be a BYPC volunteer?

Being a volunteer with BYPC means that you will become part of a great team, enjoy the chance to meet new people and to make a difference to the lives of young people in Braintree.

BYPC provides a drop in centre for young people aged 11-18. We enable the young people to enjoy toast, hot & cold drinks, a chance to come and chill out with their friends, in safety. In addition, they also have the opportunity to enjoy a game of pool or table tennis, listen to music/ watch an age-appropriate DVD or play some board games.

      • All potential volunteers are given up to five sessions to decide whether volunteering at BYPC is for them;
      • During these sessions they will be closely supervised and will have opportunities to debrief and raise any issues and concerns;
      • If you decide to volunteer fully, we will need relevant details to submit a DBS (formerly CRB) check;
      • Only on satisfactory completion of the DBS process would you be able to commence unsupervised volunteering;
      • At this stage, you can choose how often you volunteer and when you would be put on the rota accordingly;
      • If you found you were unable to attend an agreed slot, you must inform the Youth Centre Manager in good time, so that a replacement can be found;
      • All volunteers are expected to be fully aware of all relevant BYPC policies and procedures. A declaration form should be completed after these are read;
      • Training is offered to all volunteers including First Aid, Safeguarding, Drugs and Alcohol, Managing Difficult Behaviour.

Being a volunteer for BYPC might include the following roles:

  • Assisting in the kitchen providing toast and drinks to the young people;
  • Washing and drying up plates, cups and glasses;
  • Helping on the door – ensuring that the young people sign in and out of the relevant book when entering and leaving the premises;
  • Supervising activities for young people;
  • Helping to ensure the smooth running of the sessions;
  • Helping at the end of the session with clearing up, tidying the Hut after use

At all times, we strive to ensure the welfare of the young people who attend and all volunteers contribute to this. All volunteers are therefore asked to report anything that you are unhappy with to the Youth Centre Manager.

If it sounds like something you would be interested in, please contact Jo Fish on: contact@braintreeyouth.org.uk