As volunteer, you can gain new experiences and insights, and learn new and transferable skills, whilst knowing you are making a valuable contribution. 

Play volunteers are involved in direct playwork, as someone who listens to the children and support their play – sometimes by stepping back and allowing them space, sometimes offering gentle encouragement and sometimes getting roped in for all sorts. The Yard recognises the value of volunteers to the organisation. 

What activities will I be involved in?

  • Supporting children and young people during their time at The Yard, encouraging them to develop their own ways of playing and their ideas. 
  • To assist the playworkers to set up the play environment and support clearing up at the end of the day. 
  • If possible, attend the daily diary meetings with the playteam at the end of each session.

What skills and ability will I need to fulfil this role?

  • Experience of working with children and young people in a play related setting would be an advantage, but not essential. 
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills. 
  • Reliable and trustworthy and able to make a regular commitment to voluntary work. 
  • Willingness to work as part of a team. 
  • Sense of humour and non-judgemental attitude. 
  • Understanding of the values of play and a commitment to equal opportunities and children's rights. 

How much time will I need to offer? 

  • Ideally you would be able to offer a couple of hours weekly or fortnightly. 

Where will I be based?

  • Edinburgh, Dundee or Fife. 

 What are the benefits to me?

  • Great experience of working with children and young people in a play related setting. 
  • Having fun!
  • Meeting new people and engaging with our families.
  • Opportunities to develop knowledge and skills.

What ongoing learning and support/guidance will I receive? 

  • It is important to us that you feel part of The Yard community and we want you to feel confident and happy in your volunteering role. You will be invited to come along to a volunteer induction which will cover the basics on Health and Safety, Child Protection, Data Protection and organisational values of The Yard. 
  • We run a number of training courses in house, which you are welcome to attend so that you are developing your knowledge of the services we provide.
  • Our team will be in regular contact and will meet you as often as is needed to provide support and guidance.

What are the benefits to The Yard families?

  • Fun!
  • Our families love the community and flexible atmosphere of The Yard and recognise the importance that volunteers play in this.

Is there anything else I should know?

  • You have to be at least 16 years old to apply for this role. 
  • This role will involve undertaking physical work.
  • We will pay your out of pocket expenses in line with The Yard’s volunteer policy.
  • Able to pass a Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) check or Disclosure as appropriate.
  • Read our transparency statement for volunteer applicants.

What is the next step?