How do I volunteer to help at a YAC Branch?
YAC Branches rely on teams of volunteers to run them so we are always looking for new adults to get involved! Volunteers come from all walks of life and YAC HQ provides training events for YAC Leaders. There are three different levels that people can be involved at:
- Branch Leader
- Branch Leaders are responsible for the planning, organisation and safe running of the YAC Branch. They also manage the team of Branch volunteers, liaise with YAC HQ and ensure that the Branch complies with YAC’s health and safety and child protection policies. Branch Leaders must be over 18 years old and will need to complete an application form which asks for two referees. They will also undergo a criminal records check.
- Branch Assistant
- Branch Assistant aid the Branch Leader in the smooth running and management of the YAC Branch. They help to plan the programme of events and may lead sessions. They may be given a specific role to manage such as membership secretary or treasurer. Branch Assistants must be over 18 years old and will need to complete an application form which asks for two referees. They will also undergo a criminal records check.
- Helper (in England, Northern Ireland and Wales only)
- Helpers attend Branch meetings on an infrequent basis (no more than three times a year) and work alongside the Branch Leaders and Assistants during sessions. Helpers must be aged over 17 years old and will need to complete a Helper Registration Form. Helpers do not undergo a criminal records check as they never have unsupervised access to YAC members.
All applications at all levels are vetted by the YAC Approvals Panel.
If you would like to consider volunteering with a YAC Branch then you will need to contact the YAC Network and Events Officer stating which Branch you are interested in volunteering at and at which level. You will be invited by the Branch Leader to attend a session and then, if you decide to volunteer, the Branch Leader will give you the relevant form to fill in. If there is no YAC Branch near to you, you can find details regarding setting up a new YAC Branch in our Can I set up a new YAC Branch? FAQ.