The IYSS Volunteer Service recruits people from within the community to provide support to all of our services. Training and guidance is on offer so that volunteers can support young people in whatever service they decide to help in.

This service will train volunteers and match these volunteers to young people or groups. They will also specifically train volunteers for Referral Order Panels.

Supervision and ongoing training for all volunteers will be provided.

Applications

  Download a IYSS volunteer applicaiton

If you think volunteering is something you would be interested in and you would like to continue with the process of becoming a volunteer, please complete the application form and return either by email to janet.moate@torbay.gov.uk or by post to:

IYSS Parkfield House
Town Hall
Torquay
TQ1 3DR

More information

People of all ages and background can volunteer, although you do need to be over 18 for some volunteering roles. No previous experience is needed, just enthusiasm and a passion to help others. Volunteering is hugely rewarding and fun; it can also be very challenging as it is not always an easy role.

Being a volunteer involves working with children, and for that reason, we are required to carry out a full Disclosure and Baring Service (DBS), which includes convictions that are spent under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. Previous convictions, especially those which are minor in nature or old, will not automatically prevent you from becoming a volunteer. This is something we can discuss further with you.

Mentoring

To assist people to achieve their potential and provide them with extra support. Mentoring may involve coaching, encouraging, constructively challenge, explaining, listening and guiding. This may be achieved through a one-to-one relationship.

Referral Order Panel Member

Working with IYSS Youth Offending Team to deliver Referral Orders. This role requires the volunteer to sit on a panel and negotiate a contract with a Young Person who has been given a court order called a Referral Order.

Group Work and Activities

Volunteering opportunities range from supporting: music, arts and crafts, outdoor activities, sports, DJ sessions, IT suite as well as specific group work with young people.

You will initially receive Foundation Training to help you develop your skills as a volunteer. Sessions will include:

  • Effective communication and boundaries
  • Rights and responsibilities
  • Health and safety
  • Safeguarding and Childs Journey
  • Equality and diversity
  • Substance misuse
  • Sexual health
  • Working with young people

While volunteering you would also receive:

  • Reimbursement of expenses.
  • Support and supervision.
  • Further training opportunities.