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Welcome to One YMCA. We’re thrilled that you want to volunteer to help us support our work and our mission to help people develop in mind, body and spirit.
What do One YMCA do?

One YMCA work here in the community to deliver a host of services which support those experiencing difficulty. As well as providing grassroots support, we offer people a way forward through practical help like childcare and youth work. We work across all faiths and backgrounds and are proud to be part of a network of over 14,000 YMCA groups throughout the world.

Why volunteer?

Our volunteers are with us for a whole range of reasons. For some, it’s the sense of being part of the solution, of having a positive impact in an increasingly negative world. Others need to bolster their CV or develop a particular skill. Many of our volunteers enjoy the new friendships they make and the energy they gain from being part of a community. Whatever your reason, the positive impact of the care our volunteers give our service users is invaluable.

Get Involved With Us!

Accommodation

Here at One YMCA we wouldn’t be able to do the work that we do without the amazing volunteer staff that help run the day-to-day operations of the hostels and supported living facilities. There’s something for everyone – whether you’re interested in sharing your skills and hobbies by running activities, like the idea of serving tea and coffee and socialising with our residents or helping lift furniture as people move on and out of our facilities.

Some of the roles we offer within this service include Cafe Host, Activity Leader and Resettlement. If you do not see a specific role, then please do still complete the enquiry form as we can be flexible and try to create a role that’s works for you to enable you to volunteer with the service

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Family Work

As part of our mission to support people in mind, body and spirit, the Hertfordshire Family Centre Service brings together children’s centres, health visiting and school nursing to provide a complete service for children, young people and their families from pregnancy to aged 19.

Some of the roles we offer within this service include gardener, Emerging Needs volunteer and Early Start Activity Volunteer. If you do not see a specific role, then please do still complete the enquiry form as we can be flexible and try to create a role that’s works for you to enable you to volunteer with the service

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ECP - Early Childhood Partnership

The Early Childhood Partnership is based in Bedford. ECP delivers services from locally based Children’s Centres and Community Venues.  They also offer an outreach service to meet with families in their homes.  We are commissioned by Bedford Borough Council who provide the funding for us to deliver direct services to the local community.

Some of the roles ECP offer include volunteering at one of their many groups including play and learn, coffee mornings and admin support. If you do not see a specific role, then please do still complete the enquiry form as we can be flexible and try to create a role that’s works for you to enable you to volunteer with the service

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Chaplaincy

Our amazing Team of volunteers provide life-transforming spiritual and pastoral support to our service users and colleagues. Chaplains journey with people through life, their faith enabling them to share the hope they have.

We provide this care to people experiencing homelessness, families and young people across the area in which we work.

Some of the roles we offer within this service include Chaplain and Chaplaincy Administrator. If you do not see a specific role, then please do still complete the enquiry form as we can be flexible and try to create a role that’s works for you to enable you to volunteer with the service

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Youth Work

One YMCA have created a collection of programmes and services to inspire young people to become the best they can in mind, body, and spirit. This support takes the form of practical help, as well as providing safe spaces for young people to meet together and have fun.

The sessions take place across the region, in Watford, Three Rivers, Welwyn Garden City, Hatfield, Wycombe and Aylesbury.

One of the roles we offer within this service include Volunteer Youth Worker. If you do not see a specific role, then please do still complete the enquiry form as we can be flexible and try to create a role that’s works for you to enable you to volunteer with the service

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Fundraising

One YMCA’s vision is that all people can belong, contribute and thrive in their local community. We cannot achieve our mission without the help of passionate and dedicated volunteers, corporate partners, and donors.

We need people like you to energise and inspire people within the community. By spreading awareness and raising funds for our critical services, we hope that together we can build positive, supportive communities.

Some of the roles we offer within this service include Community Ambassador and Events Fundraiser. If you do not see a specific role, then please do still complete the enquiry form as we can be flexible and try to create a role that’s works for you to enable you to volunteer with the service

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Nurseries

We believe every young person should be able to fulfil their potential. We offer children a warm, safe and caring environment in which they can grow, learn and explore. By supporting our efforts by volunteering, you can help us support children to thrive.

Some of the roles we offer within this service include supporting in sessions with babies and young children including play, reading, gardening. If you do not see a specific role, then please do still complete the enquiry form as we can be flexible and try to create a role that’s works for you to enable you to volunteer with the service.

 

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Horizons & The Bridge Project (Bedford)

Over the last 14 years Horizons have supported women though our Liberty Domestic Abuse programme and recently introduced a play therapy service for children aged 3-14 years.  The Bridge Project provide one to one and group work for perpetrators of domestic abuse, who demonstrate a willingness to change their harmful behaviours.

Some of the volunteer roles in this project would include supporting in facilitating groupwork programmes for domestic abuse victims, creche support or administrative duties. If you do not see a specific role, then please do still complete the enquiry form as we can be flexible and try to create a role that’s works for you to enable you to volunteer with the service.

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ISVA services – Bedford (Onyx) and Hertfordshire

ISVA stands for Independent Sexual Violence Advisor. We listen to victims and carry out an assessment of your needs, we then create a support plan around those needs, this could include things such as Healthcare, Housing and Social Care.

Some of the roles may include administrative support, telephone follow-ups for client feedback and supporting group work projects. If you do not see a specific role, then please do still complete the enquiry form as we can be flexible and try to create a role that’s works for you to enable you to volunteer with the service.

 

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Woodlands Café

The great space, healthy food and amazing coffee is only half the story. Our Woodlands Café will be part of a wider social enterprise concept across Hertfordshire. Woodlands Café is located in Leavesden Country Park.

Some of the roles we offer within this service include welcoming visitors, supporting the team in cleaning and assisting tables and partaking in valuable Food Hygiene awareness training. If you do not see a specific role, then please do still complete the enquiry form as we can be flexible and try to create a role that’s works for you to enable you to volunteer with the service.

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Gym

We believe that everyone should be able to enjoy the benefits of physical exercise. We have something for everyone at our St Albans Community Gym. As well as the main gym, users can also enjoy access to a free weights room, a sports hall and a badminton court.

Some of the roles we offer within this service include Administrative Support and general supporting the gym team. If you do not see a specific role, then please do still complete the enquiry form as we can be flexible and try to create a role that’s works for you to enable you to volunteer with the service.

 

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Airplay

A collaboration of YMCAs across England, Wales and Scotland are delighted to announce that the RAF Benevolent Fund (the Fund) have awarded them a 4-year contract to deliver their flagship Airplay programme from January 2022.
Airplay is approaching its 11th birthday and is designed to help meet the social, recreational and developmental needs of children and young people of the RAF family, as well as providing respite and support to their parents.

Some of the roles we offer within this service include Volunteer Youth Club workers at the RAF Bases (additional security checks may be required). If you do not see a specific role, then please do still complete the enquiry form as we can be flexible and try to create a role that’s works for you to enable you to volunteer with the service.

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Signpost Counselling

Signpost is fully committed to the continued provision of counselling, coaching and other support to help young people aged 10-25 and living in South and West Hertfordshire overcome problems in their lives. Counselling provides a neutral, trusting and non-judgmental relationship in which you can try to resolve your problems.

Some of the roles we offer within this service include Volunteer Administrative Support and Volunteer Counsellors. If you do not see a specific role, then please do still complete the enquiry form as we can be flexible and try to create a role that’s works for you to enable you to volunteer with the service.

 

Corporate Volunteering

We have a range of meaningful opportunities that enable our corporate volunteers to develop their skills and understand how they can make a contribution to supporting the local communities in which they live and work. These include painting, gardening and decorating our nurseries and hostels or more practical skills to support our residents and young people such as CV building or basic IT skills workshops. If you would like to find out more or have any more ideas about how you would like this to work then please do get in touch with: [email protected]

Placement Students and Work Experience

If your course at college or university requires you to carry out ‘real-life’ working hours within a professional setting then please get in touch – we have a range of opportunities from our nurseries to our therapeutic services in which we can support students to achieve their required hours. We are also happy to support with students looking to get work experience within one of our services as part of their personal learning and development. For more information, please fill out the enquiry form or contact the Learning and Development Officer, Emma Skerman: [email protected]

To keep everyone safe and make sure all our roles are crystal clear, we’ve designed a simple set of guidelines for our volunteer programme.

Before you apply
  • Are you over 18?
  • Do you have two referees?
  • Are you happy to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check?
How to apply
  • Complete our application form
  • Attend an interview
  • Get started!
After you join us
  • We’ll give you a role description for each of your volunteer opportunities.
  • We ask all our volunteers to attend our induction programme and take part in ongoing training that will help you in your role– some of this will be mandatory.
  • We have a great selection of resources for you to read that will help you understand who we are and how we work.
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Sign up for a one-off volunteer opportunity!

We are trialing a system that allows people to sign up for one-off volunteering opportunities. This is perfect for people who want to help us support the most vulnerable in our community but may not be able to sign up for regular hours.

We have 2 opportunities that we are currently looking for volunteers for:

  • High Wycombe Hostel – 7th December. Helping serve tea and coffee to residents who will be getting their blood tested
  • Watford Charter House – 14th December. Helping staff serve meals and wash up
  • ECP Queen’s Park Children’s Centre – 5th or 12th December. Join us for a few hours to support us in sorting the Children’s Wishing Tree presents

 

7th December 5 / 12th December (TBC) 14th December
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