How do One YMCA help young people?
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.
Our youth work sessions are designed to help young people:
- Belong by giving time to support our weekly youth clubs
- Contribute through offering interest and life experience so young people can make a difference in their communities
- Thrive by having fun and being inspired to make positive choices
The sessions take place across the region, in Watford, Three Rivers, Welwyn Garden City, Hatfield, Stevenage, Wycombe and Aylesbury.
What happens in a youth work session?
You’ll find plenty of ways to use your listening skills as well as being a first point of advice for practical concerns that young people face. You might be part of a drop-in session with low-key activities like pool and table tennis that offer a safe space for young people to spend time with their peers or sports enthusiasts can lend their skills to 5-a-side football sessions or Gym Skills sessions. We’ve got opportunities for creatives, such as our Young Orbital filmmaking sessions in Watford and we also offer programmes that look at specific issues, including body image, and managing anxiety.
Do I need any special qualifications?
Our volunteer youth workers don’t need formal qualifications. You need to be a good communicator, an excellent listener and have an absolute passion for helping young people belong, contribute and thrive. We ask our volunteers to give between three and ten hours a week and offer support and training through our Chaplaincy and staff teams.
What does a Youth Work volunteer do?
Download our Youth Work Role Description for more information.