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Volunteering

‘I want to give something back to the community. I want to help give back to people who aren’t able to do the things I take for granted.’
Me2 Club Volunteer

Volunteer With Us

Do you want to give something back to your local community in 2018? 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 training date is the 6th of October.

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

Anyone aged 16 and over can apply to volunteer with us by completing the above application form.  We will then invite you along to the next Volunteer Induction Training (please see our events page for upcoming dates).  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 DBS approved you will be invited by a member of Me2 Club staff to attend a short interview.

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.

volunteer-process

Our young people choose from a vast range of activities from uniform groups to swimming, drama to youth 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. Please take a look at our volunteer stories to find out more about some of our volunteers and their Me2 Club young people.

We run Volunteer Development Training throughout the year.  This programme gives you an opportunity to develop your skills and knowledge further.  Details will be published on our useful information page, on our social media and on our events page, you just need to sign up to attend.

Additional events

In addition to volunteering at an activity, Me2 Club volunteers are also given the opportunity to come on our ‘Days Away’ and ‘Weekends Away’ with their Me2 Club young person. These are an opportunity for the young person and their volunteer to spend more time together, build a stronger relationship and for everyone to take part in lots of exciting activities. To find out more about our trips click the links and visit our events page.

We also run an EasterSummer and Christmas party each year for our Me2 Club young people, their families and volunteers. These are another opportunity for young people and their volunteers to spend time together in a friendly and non-judgemental environment, whilst having lots of fun. To find out more, please click the links and visit our events page to see upcoming party dates.

“The volunteers who give up their valuable time to accompany our children to the activities are priceless, thank you all.”

Me2 Club Parent