The aim of this area of the website is to provide young people and their families with all the information they need to know to get involved as young volunteers. If however you can’t find what you need to know, please do get in touch with us via the Contact page. In addition to social action/volunteering, Together As One also has various other projects, including a young women’s project (Girls Group), a spoken word project (Empoword), a young carers project and football. Please visit the FAQs section to find out how to get involved in these other activities.
Volunteering opportunities for young people
Every Tuesday evening we deliver a volunteer session for young people in central Slough, 6pm-8pm. Our venue is the training room behind our office at 29 Church Street, Slough, SL1 1PL. The room can be accessed via a gate to the left-hand side of the building.
The session is for young people aged 11 to 18, or up to 25 with special educational needs or disabilities.
We ask that parents/carers complete this form for all young people under 18 before they join us for the first time:
Every week is different at Together As One but most Tuesday evenings begin with people sharing their news and some team building. We usually have a refreshment break in the middle of the session.
Activities range from preparing for presentations and workshops, to planning social action projects and events, to talking to decision makers, to litter picking and mural painting.
The main activity is largely determined by two factors:
The vision of the young people
The needs of the community
Some frequently asked questions
Do you open during the school holidays?
Yes we do. However, sometimes during holiday periods our session times and locations vary so that we can do something different to help our community. Please contact us to confirm time and location.
Are there specific times of the year new volunteers should start?
No – we welcome new volunteers throughout the year.
Young volunteers lead our inductions for their peers to ensure new volunteers feel welcome, learn about our organisation, and their role as a volunteer.
Do I have to come every week?
We appreciate exam pressures and family commitments can make it difficult to join us every week – we are realistic about this. If you are unable to make it for a few weeks, please do let us know.
Can I use my time with you for my Duke of Edinburgh award?
Yes, absolutely – our staff have been assessors for many young people completing the volunteering section of the award in the past. Please let staff know during your first attendance that you are taking part in the award scheme.
Can I use my time with you for a reference?
Of course, but please contact us to let us know a reference request will be made.
How can I be sure my son/daughter is safe with you?
Together As One has been awarded SQP Gold for its approach to keeping young people safe.
All staff are trained in safeguarding and health & safety, Level 2 or above.
All staff are subject to enhanced DBS checks every three years.
If you have any further questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact our Designated Safeguarding Lead Rob Deeks via the Contact section.
How do we access the other opportunities at Together As One
All our provisions are prepared to welcome new people throughout the year. In general we ask that all young people complete an Upshot form (https://app.upshot.org.uk/signup/8b988f90/) before attending – this is vital so that we have emergency contact details and knowledge of any additional or medical needs. The Youth Engagement Slough (YES) programme is regularly updated and can be found at yesslough.org.uk but in general our weekly timetable looks like this:
Tuesday – Volunteer (11-18 or up to 25 with SEND)
Wednesday – Young Carers (11-18 or up to 25 with SEND)
Thursday – Young Carers (5-10s)
Thursday – Girls Group (11-18 or up to 25 with SEND)
First Saturday of every month – Empoword (spoken word project)
I am an older person and I would like to give my time - do you have any opportunities?
Though our focus is on young people, adult volunteers are also essential to the running of Together As One. We ask that you reflect on your areas of strength/experiences and to email us. If you have an up-to-date CV, please send this too. Please note a DBS (criminal record check) will need to be carried out and you must be willing to complete safeguarding/health & safety training.