Can you help?
At Camberley Youth for Christ, we are always looking for volunteers, and we can promise that your help will be greatly appreciated, whether you give regular, or one off commitments. If you are interested, please contact us.
If you're part of a local church, volunteering with CYFC is a great way of getting your church out there, and networking with local youthworkers. Particularly as schools are changing, getting churches into schools is becoming more and more difficult. With that said, CYFC is an established organisation that has been around for over 25 years, and so those relationships with the schools are already established.
How can I help?
Mentoring, listening, Anger management
Within the local schools we offer a pastoral service that allows us to help and walk alongside individual young people as they cope with and learn to respond to the issues/ difficulties they may be facing. This does include training, and will require a commitment of at least 2 hours a week.
Wise up and Wise Guys (Self esteem)
Wise up and wise guys are health education and self esteem building courses for young people aged 11-15. Each course is 6 weeks long with no more than 8 young people. If you are able to commit about an hour and a half a week for 6 weeks, then these courses may be for you.
Detached workers spend their lunch hours in the playground of our local secondary schools just talking to young peoplewho are hanging around. This is a weekly commitment of no more than an hour a week. If you are comfortable making conversation with whoever happens to be around and don't mind standing on your own if no one wants to chat, then this could be for you.
Local schools occasionally ask us to come in and do RE lessons about topical subjects from a Christian perspective (e.g. science and religion, atonement, Is Jesus who he said he was?) Lesson plans are written by our CYFC team, and working in a team of two you would deliver the lesson to up to 30 young people. (the teacher would also be present)
We provide Christian Unions and lunchtime clubs at our local schools. These clubs are a weekly commitment of about an hour, in term time only.
CYFC will come in and set up an ineractive prayer space that will be in place for about a week. When volunteering, giving a day to come and help run prayer spaces is really useful to us; you would be helping watch over the young people as they do the prayer activities and reset the prayer stations ready for the next classes. This would be an occasional one off commitment where you can give a day or two to come in and help. The prayer spaces also take around 4 hours to set up/ pack away, so you could help with that.
I want to help, but I don't have much time to give; What can I do?
Sometime's we have volunteers who can't commit regularly, but there is still space to help! We are often looking for people to do a one off RE lesson, assembly, give a day to help with prayer spaces, or cover detached/Christian Unions for a volunteer who is away. Having these extra volunteers who can help out occasionally is so valuable to us and means that we can say yes to more things.
I'd love to help, but I don't have much experience/qualifications/training?
Do not fear! Training is provided, and we will not ask you to do anything that you don't feel comfortable doing. Apart from listening/mentoring, you would not be left on your on your own for anything, and we will support you and help you to build up confidence alongside more experienced volunteers.
'I think I'm too old to do youthwork'?
Please don't think that your age or experience should affect whether you would be a valuable part of our team. At CYFC we're looking for people who have a relationship with God, and care about young people.