Volunteer

Volunteers work with staff to support young people in all of RPT's projects and play an integral part in the services we offer. 

Volunteers are DBS checked, trained in safeguarding and our code of conduct as well as in information relevant to the area where they volunteer. References are required for new volunteers.

The work is equally rewarding for volunteer and client and many volunteers have worked at RPT for several years, in changing roles. This wonderful commitment and energy is a core strength of the Trust. 

Volunteers are matched with a role that fits their skills, experience and time of availability. Some volunteers apply specific expertise to their role (e.g. tutoring A level chemistry) while others apply generalist skills (e.g. helping with reading). Most volunteers have weekly placements working with our clients. These placements are typically for an hour and a half and must be for a minimum of two academic terms. Other volunteers support the Trust by working in fundraising activities and occasionally volunteers help with one-off projects or at a single event.

Examples of volunteer roles:

  • Provide mother and baby support by engaging pre-school children in activities while their mothers attend our Magic Mums parenting group that is led by a specialist tutor. (Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday 10am to 1pm).

  • Work with children at our primary school homework club (Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday, 3.30-5.00pm).

  • Help youth workers at the after school junior club for primary school children in activities such as play, sport, games, cookery, music studio. Volunteers with appropriate skills lead activities such as art or cookery (Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday 3.30-5.30pm).

  • Assist coaches in our children's football academy at weekly after school training sessions.

  • Assist play workers at one of the after school play centres we run at primary schools by involving children in games, sport, play, art and cookery. Volunteers with appropriate skills may lead an activity such as art or cookery. (1 1/2 -2 hour commitment between 3.30 and 6pm weekdays).

  • Tutor a secondary pupil in one of a range of subjects including Functional Skills, GCSE and A levels. (Weekday evenings).

  • Support a teenager in job applications and life skills. (Weekday evenings).

  • Provide one-off support at RPT events, for example table waiting, selling raffle tickets, setting up.

  • Provide admin support for an RPT service.
  • Help at children's holiday clubs based at local primary schools (games, art, sport,drama). The clubs run at half terms, Easter and summer. Minimum commitment of one week for new volunteers. Minimum volunteer age is 16.

Secondary school volunteers: We welcome secondary school volunteers (minimum age 15) whose timetable allows them to commit to the timing of one of our placements. Volunteers fulfilling the requirements of a Duke of Edinburgh award at RPT must complete our minimum placement requirement of two academic terms, even if the D of E requirement is shorter.

If you would like to get involved, please complete and submit our online Volunteer Application Form and our Volunteer Managers will reply. 

Alternatively, you can download and print a copy: CLICK HERE to download

If you have any other queries please e-mail: volunteer@rpt.org.uk

 

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