We’re always looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help with our work. While we have offices in Belfast, Derry-Londonderry, Lurgan and Ballymena, we have volunteering opportunities right across Northern Ireland.
Volunteers come from all walks of life, bringing different skills and experiences. You don’t need to have any specific qualifications, or any specific experience to volunteer at VOYPIC. The most important thing is having an interest in, and commitment to, supporting young people with lived experience of care.
What do VOYPIC Volunteers do?
We have lots of different volunteering opportunities, so there’s a role to suit everyone.
At the moment, we especially want to recruit Volunteer Mentors. Volunteer Mentors provide individual support to a young people leaving care, helping them connect with their local community and prepare for independent living.
As Covid-19 restrictions begin to ease, we hope to offer other volunteering opportunities across the organisation, supporting young people in care.
The time commitment varies depending on what type of volunteering activities you get involved in. Our Engagement Team will talk you through the options, and discuss the role requires, making sure it’s right for you.
What support and training do volunteers get?
As well as a full induction to the organisation, including safeguarding training, all volunteers receive:
Role specific training, as appropriate
Support from a named member of the VOYPIC team, including regular support and supervision sessions
Regular contact and support from VOYPIC’s Engagement Team
Access to VOYPIC in-house training opportunities
Membership of MyVOYPIC, with regular updates about VOYPIC’s work, activities and opportunities.
How do I become a VOYPIC volunteer?
We’re delighted you want to volunteer at VOYPIC! The first step is to fill in a short Interest Form. You can click the button to complete online.
Once we receive your form, we’ll contact you to arrange an informal interview. This is a chance to have a chat about VOYPIC and what you want to get out of volunteering with us. This is not a selection process or a test; it’s simply to help us work out how to make the most of your time volunteering with us.
As VOYPIC provides direct support to children and vulnerable young adults, all volunteers are required to undertake an Access NI (criminal records) check before taking on a volunteer role within the organisation. We also ask that you provide two references who know you but are not related to you, who can be contacted if required. Where possible, one should be a current or former employer, an organisation you recently volunteered with, or a college, university or training organisation you have recently attended.