Who can volunteer?

Why should I volunteer?We literally could not provide the invaluable services we offer our young people without the support of our amazing volunteers. But it’s also a fun and rewarding opportunity for you too, to give back to the community, develop new skills, and make a real difference to the lives of our young people. Check out more of the many reasons why our volunteers have been inspired here!

Can anyone be a volunteer?YES! No matter what your background is, experiences, free time, or interests, there is a volunteering opportunity for you! All we ask is that you are 18 years or older and have a passion for making a difference to our young people’s lives.

Can I still volunteer if I am receiving benefits?Yes, volunteering should not affect your eligibility to receive benefits; however we recommend you confirm this with the local authority or job centre.

Can I volunteer if I have a disability?Yes! If you think your disability may require additional support from us whilst carrying out your volunteering role, please feel free to contact the volunteering team on 01204 540 139 or volunteer@blgc.co.uk to discuss how we can support you.

Can refugees or asylum seekers volunteer at BLGC?Yes! We only ask that you have been in the UK for two years. This because as part of our safeguarding policy we need to conduct an Enhanced DBS check for you, and this is complicated for volunteers who have not been in the country for at least two years. If you have been in the country for less than two years and still wish to volunteer, we recommend contacting Bolton CVS for opportunities.

I have a criminal record, does that mean I cannot volunteer?As part of our safeguarding policy, we conduct an Enhanced DBS check on all volunteers. If you have a criminal record that does not automatically mean you will not be available to volunteer with us, but it will depend on the nature of the offence, and we recommend that you disclose this to the volunteering team as soon as possible so that we can advise you on this.

Do you offer volunteer placement opportunities for students?Yes! Over the years we have supported hundreds of students on their volunteer placements and have good links with local Universities. As a volunteer you will gain hands-on experience in youth work, health and social care, sports development, psychology, community service, charities, as well as develop your team work, leadership and confidence skills, and enhance your CV. We do ask that student placements last for a minimum of 6 months, as we feel that’s the minimum needed for you to get something from your volunteering. It also takes a long time to build meaningful relationships with young people and provide consistent, caring role models to the young people you will volunteer with.  Please also note that it can take a while to fully complete all the required DBS and reference checks, as well as complete your training before you can start volunteering, so allow plenty of time before your deadlines to apply.

How much time do I need to give?This depends on which volunteering role you are interested in. Some are more flexible than others. For example, as a volunteer youth worker we suggest a minimum of 2 hours a week, but this can be very flexible to suit your schedule. Football volunteers should be able to commit to an hours training session on a weekday evening, and then a Weekend League game. For more details on the time commitments of each role, please look at each of the volunteer opportunities.

Can school groups get involved?We do ask that our volunteers are at least 18 years of age, however there is a separate Young Leaders programme you may be interested in.

Can companies get involved?

We love to engage with local companies in Bolton and encourage you to get involved. We have a number of Corporate Social Responsibility (SCR) day opportunities for your company. Please contact the Volunteering Team on 01204 540 139 for more information. Please note that due to our safeguarding policies, these opportunities do not engage directly with our young people, but still make a huge contribution to helping us achieve our goals! You can also get involved with fundraising, please see our Fundraising page for some ideas!

How do I become a volunteer?

How do I contact the Volunteering Team?You can contact the volunteering team in a number of ways. We would love to hear from you, and can answer any questions or concerns you may have regarding volunteering with BLGC. Email: volunteering@blgc.co.uk or Phone: 01204 540 139

What do I do next to apply?To start your volunteering experience with us, complete the application form and email it to volunteering@blgc.co.uk, or drop it in to our Club on Spa Road. Our Volunteer Coordinator will then get in touch within 7 days to invite you in for a chat to meet you, get to know a bit more about you and to discuss our volunteering opportunities further.

Once I have applied how long does it take to start?This can vary from around 1-2 months depending on how long it takes for us to process your Enhanced DBS checks and references, and your availability for our in house training.

What is the informal chat? What will you ask me?After we have received your completed application form, we will get in touch and invite you in for a chat. This is just so that we can get to know a bit more about you, discuss which volunteering opportunity would suit you best, and explain the rest of the process.

Why do I need an Enhanced DBS?This is a really important part of our safeguarding policies and procedures. As a volunteer you will be actively engaging with vulnerable young people, and it is our responsibility to keep our young people safe. If you are not currently enrolled on the DBS update service, we will support you in applying for an enhanced DBS certificate. This is free for volunteers, and if you subsequently enrol on to the update service, can be transferrable for other roles! This is usually the longest part of the volunteering application process and can take anywhere from 2 days to 2 months to process. For more information on DBS’s please visit gov.uk .

What support and training do I get?If you are volunteering in the Youth Club (youth work, sports development, inclusion, driving) we provide you with three in-house training sessions to ensure you feel full prepared and to develop your skills. These cover Club Boundaries, Club Ready, and Safeguarding. If you are applying for a volunteer Football Coach/Assistant role you will need to complete the Club Boundaries and Safeguarding training. We also support you in FA approved training and qualifications (after a qualifying period). Even after you become a volunteer, we will continue to support you and help you develop your skills. You will have monthly catch up’s with the Volunteer Coordinator to ensure you are enjoying your experience, and there are occasional additional training for sports coaching (this is subject to availability).

Not found the answer you are looking for?

If we haven't been able to answer your question in our FAQ's, please get in touch with the Volunteering Team either via email: volunteering@blgc.co.uk, or phone us on 01204 540 139. If you are ready to apply, please download the application form by clicking this button, and return it to the volunteering team via email, or drop it into our Club.