It's Student Volunteering Week and so we thought we'd take the opportunity to highlight a few of the local roles available to under 18s. Volunteering is a great way to gain references, experience for your CV or UCAS form and to learn more about different types of careers. The roles below can be carried out at the weekend or in the evening. If you cannot commit to volunteering weekly it is still worth getting in touch as many volunteers offer their time every other week or just once a month. Search our Volunteering Directory for a full listing. If you are under 18 make sure you choose your age group in the advanced search.
Roles for 17 year olds
Sports and Events Volunteer - North Yorkshire Sport can point you in the direction of a wide range of sporting opportunities whether you're into basketball or track there are local amateur sports clubs who would love your help. There are opportunities to support groups by fundraising, coaching or carrying out admin. Let North Yorkshire Sport know what you would like to do and they will match you up with a local sports club.
Radio Presenters at Orchard Care Homes - Volunteers are needed to produce pre-recorded thirty minute radio shows.The equipment is easy to use and staff are on hand to advise you on the process. The radio shows are aimed at older people living in the care homes so volunteers do need to have an interest in music from before the 1970s.
Roles for 16 year olds
Customer Information Assistant at Fountains Abbey - Do you love chatting to people? Volunteers will be based at the visitors centre to welcome people to the site. You will be telling visitors about the Abbey grounds and what's on. Training is provided and people normally volunteer once a fortnight.
Drama Group Volunteer at Interact - Thinking of doing performing arts at university then this is the role for you! The interact drama group meet on a Monday evening from 7.00-9.00pm in central Harrogate to run drama sessions for adults with learning disabilities. As a volunteer you will be supporting the sessions and there will be plenty of opportunity to get involved with sounds, lighting and set design if this is your area of interest.
Roles for 15 year olds
Play Worker at the PIPA Saturday Club - Do you have lots of energy and like volunteering with children? The PIPA staturday club runs from 9.30 to 1.30 on Saturdays during term time. Volunteers support children to play. You could be doing crafts, drama or games. A great role for anyone considering working with kids whether at a nursery or teaching it's all great experience.
IT role processing items for sale in Oxfam Online Shop - Love vintage and searching through old treasures? Based in Harrogate volunteers can pop in at weekends for a couple of hours (this can be every week or just once a month) to photograph and post vintage items on the Oxfam harrogate website.
Roles for 14 year olds
Helping Disabled People To Ride and Carriage Drive at Follifoot Disabled Riding - The charity are seeking volunteers to help take out groups of 7 disabled horse riders on a Sunday afternoon at 3.00pm and 4.15pm.
Historic Garden Volunteer at Ripon Museums - Do you love the outdoors? There is plenty of opportunity to learn about the different plants in the workshouse garden in central Ripon. The gardening team meet on a Saturday morning and need enthusiastic helpers who like working with other people.
There are plenty more roles on our Volunteering Directory happy searching...