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Our generous volunteers are heroes in their own right. They give their time to help the community and make a massive difference to the local children and young people who attend the adventure playgrounds we manage.

As a volunteer, you have the chance to gain new experiences, enhance your skills, build confidence, make new friends, add something new to your CV and feel good about helping to maintain play spaces for children, young people and the wider community.

“Barnard Adventure Playground is a valuable community asset. We work with the children in  gardening and vegetable growing projects. We grow lots of potatoes, tomatoes and beans! The playground is a great place for kids after school and during the holidays.”

Dianne Browning, Friends of Barnard Park

Who can volunteer?

Anyone who has spare time can volunteer. We already have volunteers of many different backgrounds, abilities and ages supporting us.

There is no upper age limit, but volunteers must be over 14 years old. For some roles you will need to be over 18 years old, and if your role involves working with or alongside young people or vulnerable adults, you will need to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. Having a criminal record shouldn’t stop you from volunteering, but may limit what you can do.

What do volunteers do at Awesome?

A whole range of things! Volunteer opportunities are endless at Awesome and we are always looking for more innovative ways to work in partnership to make a real difference in the local communities we serve. Below are just some of the activities young leaders, volunteers and corporate volunteers do at Awesome:

  • Gardening and growing food with children
  • Painting and decorating
  • Sharing a skill or a hobby with children like photography, knitting, reading, digital design, dance, art and anything else you are passionate about.
  • Supporting with taking children on trips and outings
  • Becoming a Parent Champion and advocating for the benefits of play and the adventure playgrounds to other parents
  • Joining a local Friends of Adventure Playground group
  • Supporting and planning events
  • Support with office duties, filing and organising the adventure playgrounds office
  • Deep cleaning of the building
  • Grounds maintenance, weeding, litter collection and sweeping up leaves.
  • Fundraising and bid writing
  • Conducting surveys and getting feedback from stakeholders
  • Building and maintaining play structures, painting wood preservative, tightening fixings and making repairs.
  • Organise store cupboard
  • Turn over or lay play bark

What are young leaders?

Our young leaders are volunteers aged between 14 and 18 years old who want to support play sessions, take on new responsibilities, learn new skills, build confidence and gain work experience alongside a qualified playworker. Volunteering activities for young leaders include supporting daily site checks, setting up play opportunities, supporting children’s meetings, helping children to run their own tuck shop, gardening and site maintenance.

How much time do I need to give?

You can volunteer for as much or as little time as you want. Sometimes it depends on the role you are doing, but mostly it depends on how much time you can give. It can be days, evenings, weekends or a mixture. As part of our safer recruitment process we will discuss which volunteer role you want to take on and the specific days and times that best suit the role.

Apply to volunteer

All you need to do is

complete a short form

to register your interest.

Not sure volunteering is up your street? There are other ways you can help too.

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