Student Volunteers

Our Volunteer Guides have a crucial role in ensuring that our visitors experience Warning Zone to its full potential. Volunteer with us for a couple of hours a month and you can save a life!

What do our Student Volunteers do?

Our Student Volunteers are highly valued members of the Warning Zone team. They are responsible for taking a small group of children about our E-Safety Zone, discussing various scenarios with them and giving advice. Each session lasts about an hour and a half and we ask for a minimum commitment of two sessions a month - that's just three hours!

E-Safety Zone

After a briefing session, each volunteer guides their team of six children (average) around the retro-fairground and six different, interactive activities whilst delivering fundamental safety messages about Online Grooming, Internet Phishing, Cyber Bullying, Image Sharing and much more. Then they support their group during a team-based quiz. Visit our E-Safety page for more information on the messages covered in this area.

Do I need any qualifications to volunteer?

No. We have Student Volunteers from a range of backgrounds studying a variety of subjects at University or College. All we ask is that:
  • You enjoy working with children and have a friendly and positive outlook.
  • You are able to supervise and be able to communicate effectively and confidently with small groups of children.
  • You can commit to working two sessions a month.
  • You want to help children ‘learn for life’ and be a part of something different.
  • You are 17 years of age or older.
Left: Rob and Nadene, students from the University of Leicester and DeMontfort University.

What training will I receive?

You will receive an introductory visit, followed by sessions learning the lesson plans and how to deliver each activity. You will 'shadow' experienced guides watching each each activity in action. You will build up your confidence and start to deliver one or two activities with the support of an experienced guide before going ‘solo’ with your own group.

Our Volunteer Co-ordinator has special responsibilities for recruitment and training but every volunteer receives full support from all of the staff.

When are the session?

We have visits almost every day from schools during the term time. Sessions run in the morning and afternoon. Guides are required from 9.30 – approx. 11.30, and 12.15 – approx. 2.15. You can volunteer for one or both sessions. We are very flexible and will work around your other commitments as much as we can including University and College timetables.

What are the benefits?

There are plenty of benefits of volunteering at Warning Zone. Volunteering as a whole can boost confidence and well-being. There are a range of reasons why people volunteers and a variety of benefits...
  • Boost your confidence and self-esteem
  • Make a difference to the lives of local young people
  • Gain new skills and knowledge
  • Enhance your CV with something unique
  • Great experience for those considering a career working with primary-aged children, in the public sector or in law prevention and criminology
  • Opportunities to work with other community groups including the visually impaired and hearing impaired
  • Meet other volunteers who have experience in your desired career e.g. teaching, law, police, fire service, journalism and more!
  • Meet new people
  • Receive safeguarding training
  • Receive great job references

But don't just take our word for it! Look to the right and see what our Student Volunteers have to say!

Where is Warning Zone?

Warning Zone is based on Frog Island in the centre of Leicester – this is just a short walk from the back of John Lewis and Nandos. If you are travelling by bus, keep your bus ticket and we will reimburse your travel expenses so you are not out of pocket.

Interested in volunteering? Send an enquiry...

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What do our students think?

"Warning Zone has allowed me to develop professionally by linking me with many professional and ex-professional public service workers, allowing me to ask questions about my chosen field. As a result of my time at Warning Zone, I have been nominated for several volunteering awards at DMU. This was possible thanks to the encouragement and kindness shown to me by the staff and fellow volunteers, who have supported me. If you enjoy working with young people or have an interest in public services, this opportunity is ideal!"

- Robert Smith - DMU - Criminal Investigation with Policing.


"I love volunteering at Warning Zone because it allows me to interact with incredible people who share my passion for helping others whilst actually improving children's safety and making a difference in our community. "

- Adrianna Wachowska - Uni' of Leicester - Criminology.


"Warning Zone is a family, we all have the same enthusiasm towards helping children keep safe. I am proud to be a member of a team where everyone and everything we teach is important. The excitement of the children makes the teaching enjoyable and their reactions and engagement with learning makes it all worth it. "

- Holly Porter - Coventry University - Fashion.


"Volunteering at Warning Zone has boosted my confidence by learning how to teach the children. It's great experience to be within a working environment, routine and atmosphere. It's great for my future too as I'll get a good reference to help me further my career. "

- Jake Bodycote - Loughborough College - Games Development.


"I can think of nothing more worthwhile than giving some of my time to help keep young people safe. From warning them of the dangers near cold water or on our busy roads, to alerting them to problems involved with drugs and alcohol. With the latest E-Safety Zone, I can also give valuable advice on how to stay safe online - such an important issue on which to educate young people. A little bit of my time VERY well spent. "

- Jocelyn Brown - Volunteer.


"I volunteer at Warning Zone because I believe educating young people on how to keep safe and helping them to grow into responsible adults is an extremely important and worthwhile activity. It is rewarding knowing that I have hopefully helped to make a difference and if only one young person takes the messages forward into their future life then it is worth it... All that and it is great fun too!"

- Penny Chatburn - Volunteer.