Bath & North East Somerset Youth Connect employs approximately 35 paid staff at any one time.
We also have a range of voluntary opportuinities available. Contact Youth Connect on 01225 396980 for further information or to request an application form.
So why volunteer?
The main reason to consider volunteering is if you enjoy working with young people in an informal setting.
Taking part in voluntary work may help you meet new people, improve your communication skills, gain new skills and experiences linked to youth work, which may help with future employment. Your line manager would be happy to support you by writing a reference.
What types of volunteer opportunities are available in Youth Connect?
The main opportunites available are helping out in one of our local youth hubs/projects as an assistant to the youth work team. We also have opportunities linked to sports (including dance), arts (including music & drama), issue based work and Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Leaders.
Expenses can be claimed for travel etc (please ask for details).
DBS Checks and Volunteering
The Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
Work within Youth Connect involves substantial access to young people and is therefore exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and subject to a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check. Therefore all staff and volunteers are required to declare any pending prosecutions or convictions they may have, even if they would be otherwise regarded as ‘spent’ under this act, as well as any cautions or bind-over orders.
The disclosure of a criminal record, or other information, will not necessarily debar the person from volunteering unless the Council considers that the conviction renders the person unsuitable for appointment. In making this decision, the Council will consider the nature of the offence, how long ago and what age the person was when it was committed and any other factors that may be relevant. However, failure to declare a conviction, caution or bind-over could result in the end of the volunteering opportunity if any discrepancy subsequently came to light.
If you have completed the volunteer application form & we have had a positive informal interview with you and received two acceptable references, you will be able to take up your appointment on completion of an enhanced DBS check that is deemed acceptable by Youth Connect.
For more information contact Tracey Pike, Operational Manager (details on the left).