Volunteering can be brilliant for meeting new people, developing skills, gaining experience and giving something back to your community. At The Factory we value the fantastic work that our volunteers undertake for us, we couldn’t do it without them!
Below you’ll find details of what Volunteers, Young Leaders and Mentors do and how to apply for these roles.
Leanne studied at the University of Nottingham after completing a gap year as a Youth Worker at Bolton Lads and Girls club. Since graduating, she has been a part of The Factory team. Leanne led After School Club and the Young Leaders programme before becoming the Volunteer Coordinator in 2013.
On Session: Each session at The Factory offers Volunteers the chance to get involved in supporting a range of activities. Whether you are interested in arts and crafts, sports, reception work, helping young people with additional needs, performing arts, youth work or helping with specific projects, we can accommodate you! You can choose which age group you work with and you can support activities that are already running or create groups of your own.
Behind the Scenes: If you are looking to volunteer but would prefer to not work directly with young people, you can help out behind the scenes. We are always happy to hear from people interested in helping out with admin, fundraising or event days. Our office is open whenever the centre is open which means we can be flexible when accommodating admin volunteers.
If you’re under 20 years old and want to volunteer you can help on Junior sessions as part of the Young Leaders programme. You’ll be able to help out in the same way a Volunteer does and you’ll gain great experience working with young people.
Apply: Complete the Young Leaders application form. Alternatively, you can pick up a form from The Factory reception desk.
There are two types of volunteer Mentors dependent on your age:
- 1-2-1 Mentor: Help a young person achieve their goals and make a smooth transition into adulthood. Volunteer Mentors meet weekly with a member and help them deal with any issues they may be facing. This is a one year voluntary commitment and you must be 21 or over to take part. You will have the choice between working with our Junior members (aged 8-12) or Senior members (aged 13-21, or up to 25 with additional needs).
- Peer Group Mentor: You will act as a positive role model for Juniors on the group mentoring programme. Volunteering takes place on Sundays for three hours over a period of 13 weeks. Volunteers will work together to support activities and discussions alongside the Mentoring Youth Worker. You must be 16-20 years old to take part.
If there is a way in which you would like to help out, and you can’t see it on this page, don’t hesitate to contact our Volunteer Coordinator, who will try and organise this for you.