How do I volunteer?

There are a few steps to take before you can volunteer with us. Firstly you need to complete the volunteer application form - linked at the top of this page. Once these have been received you will be invited into the office for a chat about volunteering, this will also give you a chance to ask any questions you might have. Finally all volunteers must complete a foundation course to equip you with the knowledge you will need to work with us.

The foundation course consists of one full weekend training, the next one is scheduled to take place 18-19th May 2024.  Further training will be dependent on your needs but will be proved by ourselves directly or we will support you to attend external training.

How much time will I be expected to give?

Volunteers are expected to complete 1 shift (or 3 hours) a month for each project you volunteer with. You can do more than that if the opportunity arises.

What will I be doing?

That will depend on which team(s) you decide to join. We have opportunities for volunteers in the following areas:

  • Reach Out - street based outreach
  • Training
  • Publicity, campaigns and social media
  • Mentoring young people through the Flipside and LGBTQ+ projects
  • Step Out LBGTQ+ youth work

Will I be working on my own?

This depends of the project.  For street based outreach work, you will always be with an experienced worker (staff or volunteer).  For other projects at first you will be shadowing, which means watching how a more experienced worker does the role. Once you are more familiar with the role you can begin to take on work. You will go at your own pace. You don’t have to do everything that your chosen project does.

How do I get to where I will be working?

Volunteers will either come to the Cornerhouse office first or be picked up from home.

Do I get expenses?

Cornerhouse will pay all reasonable travel expenses. If you are working over a lunch time we also have a lunch allowance. All expenses are paid back, so you will have to lay out in advance.

Do I need a DBS?

Yes if you are going to be working alone with young people. We will go through the DBS form with you once you have successfully completed your Foundation Course. 

Do I need to do any other training?

You will need to attend the Hull Safeguarding Children's Board Safeguarding Level 1 which is a half day training course run throughout the year if you have not in another role.  We'd be happy to support you to attend other training which may be relevant and useful as well as being able to offer additional training of our own.


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