Volunteer With Us
Do you want to give something back to your local community in 2017? Do you want to make a difference to a child’s life, help them develop their confidence and social skills? If the answer is yes then now is the perfect time to think about joining us as a volunteer as our next Volunteer Induction Training is taking place on Wednesday 26th July. Fill out your application form below to start volunteering with us.
“I worried I was not the ‘right type’ of person for this role, that maybe I was too shy or not confident enough, or that it wouldn’t work for this or that reason. But at training I remember a child’s mum talking of the ‘very special’ friendship that develops between the child and their volunteer, and it was great! I wanted that to happen for me too. There is really no special knowledge that is really important to have apart from what you’ve learnt so far in life and what the training will teach you! There is no ‘volunteer’ type person. Everyone can be a great volunteer and enjoy a great experience with Me2!”
– Me2 Club Volunteer
The application process
Anyone over the age of 16 can volunteer with us by completing the above application form. We will then invite you along to the next Volunteer Induction Training. All courses are in the Wokingham Borough and cover subjects such as autism, challenging behaviour and effective communication. Once you have completed your training and been DBS approved you will be invited by a member of Me2 Club staff to attend a short interview. The interview gives us a chance to get to know you better, your likes and dislikes, travel arrangements, preferred times to volunteer etc so that we can start to think about matching you with a young person.
Matching you with a young person
Once you have been matched with a young person, your allocated Activities and Volunteers Coordinator (AVC) will then arrange and attend a visit to the family home with you which gives you an opportunity to meet the young person so you can get to know them and learn the best ways to support them.
Our young people choose from a vast range of activities from uniform groups to swimming, drama to youth groups. We know most of the groups that our young people choose to join and have in many instances trained activity leaders in these groups. Activities are normally a couple of hours and take place in term time. You will get to know the young person you are supporting during this time; what their needs are and how they can vary from one session to another. Sometimes you may find you need to join in with the group a lot and at other times just you being there is enough to give the child or young person confidence to join in on their own. If you ever have any doubts or concerns your AVC is always available to support and guide you, just get in touch.
Volunteer Development Training is run throughout the year. This programme gives you an opportunity to develop your skills and knowledge further. Details will be published here, in our newsletter and on Facebook, you just need to sign up to attend.