Didcot TRAIN Youth Project

Volunteer Youth Work ( LGBTI group)

We are looking for volunteers to help support our detached programme.

“Topaz is a Oxfordshire county project and is a collection of people who run groups with and for young people who would like a safe space to explore their feelings and gain a better understanding of themselves. Particularly those young people (13-18) who are Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Transgender. This group is also for people who are unsure about their sexuality and may be questioning it. Friends of young people are also welcome at their first couple of meetings for support. We have teamed up with Topaz to run a group in Didcot”


Key aspects of the role:

  • To participate in planning youth work sessions with the Youth Worker and Young People
  • To assist the Youth Worker in facilitating the sessions with the Young People
  • To demonstrate listening skills and support young people in accessing TRAIN.
  • The ability to build positive rapport with young people.
  • Consistently follow our Policies and the Safeguarding Policy, ensuring that you feed any concerns up to the Youth Worker.

Skills required


  • Be able to work dynamically and think fast on the go, as youth work plans sometimes are not well-received by young people and we have to think of alternatives fast.
  • Able to respect confidentiality
  • Capacity to solve problems and learn new skills
  • Commit to a weekly session as stated above.
  • Commit to at least 6 months.
  • To have a passion to work with and help young people in need.
  • Listening skills and a non-judgmental attitude towards young people.
  • To value and practice good team work.
  • An ability to empathise with young people at risk.
  • Treat all young people with respect and dignity.
  • Work within our Health and Safety guidelines and Policies for working with young people.
  • To attend essential training to help with development.
  • Have an understanding of the issues facing LGBTI+ young people
  • Have a good knowledge of, be sensitive to and have a professional nonjudgemental approach to the issues affecting LGBT+ young people


  • Around 2.5 hours per session.
  • To attend the volunteer meeting once a term (Detached Volunteers and Youth workers)
  • To assist on occasional residential outings and trips out with the young people. (optional)
  • Previous experience of working with young people at risk.
  • To attend additional training which would be beneficial to your role as a Volunteer for TRAIN

The above are all desirables but we don't expect everyone to meet these points.

Therefore, if you possess values & behaviours which:

  • Demonstrate a passion and enthusiasm for the charity and its vision, and have a capacity to motivate and empower others to empathetically achieve agreed goals.
  • Show compassion, caring and sympathy/empathy for young people.
  • Demonstrate some understanding of the troubles faced by young people.
  • Have an appreciation of volunteerism and volunteer culture and supporting and nurturing.
  • Show a willingness to volunteer for a charity with multiple stakeholders and able to be respectful to the needs of all.
  • Prove satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced with list checks

Other information

You will be given an induction and training at the start of working with TRAIN.

You will also be expected to complete an enhanced DBS check and application form for working as a volunteer for TRAIN.

If you have any questions or would like further information please don’t hesitate to contact TRAIN’s volunteer coordinator Charlotte : This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

To apply please fill in our application form at http://goo.gl/TnX7vg">http://goo.gl/TnX7vg. If you are successful in your application the volunteer coordinator will be in touch to arrange an informal meeting. Our volunteer application process can be found https://www.didcottrain.org.uk/how-you-can-help/volunteering-with-train