Volunteering

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 to make a real impact on a child’s life.

What do Volunteers do?

We highly value our volunteer guides here at Warning Zone and are always on the lookout for new and enthusiastic volunteers to join our team. Volunteers are responsible for delivering crucial safety messages to small groups of children to help them lead safer lives and reduce risks by discussing various scenarios and giving advice.  Each session lasts about two hours and we ask for a minimum commitment of two sessions a month – that’s just four hours! Each school visit requires up to eight guides for the Safety Zones and up to six for E-Safety. Volunteers can be trained in either Safety, E-Safety or both.

Warning Zone offers a voluntary role like no other and the best way to find out more about what we do, is to arrange a visit and shadow one of our experienced guides.   Full training and support is provided on site by staff and experienced volunteers which is tailored to suit your needs.  You will be allocated a mentor, take part in practice sessions, receive supportive and constructive feedback to help you develop your skills until you are ready to deliver independently

To book a visit and find out more email volunteer@warningzone.org.uk

Do I need any qualifications to volunteer?

No. We have volunteers from a wide range of ages and background. Some of our volunteers have a lot of experience in professional backgrounds including ex-teachers and assistants, solicitors, service officers, sporting professionals, magistrates, journalists and much more. Some are currently in education at college or university. All of them just have some spare time to give something back to the community. 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.
  • All volunteers are subjected to an enhanced DBS Check.

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 young people
  • Gain new skills and knowledge or put your existing skills to good use
  • Meet new and interesting people from different walks of life increase employability by enhancing your CV
  • Give something back to society

I volunteer because I care about the type of young adults our local children will become. Warning Zone is the most encouraging, influential experience and all children should benefit from the life lessons it provides. Kids will be kids, but Warning Zone kids will be equipped to make positive, conscientious life choices.

Stacey O'Connor - Volunteer

The staffs' training of volunteers is excellent; the staffs' support and advice is second to none and they all have a sense of humour that makes it an enjoyable experience. The facilities and resources are modern, appropriate and enhance the teaching of the volunteers. The volunteers feel valued by the staff, teachers and management that engenders a positive approach and team spirit amongst he volunteers.

Bleddyn Jones - Volunteer

Warning Zone is just a brilliant and unique place, with enthusiastic and committed staff and friendly volunteers of all ages, all of them happy and willing to welcome and support newcomers and help them to integrate. As a volunteer, to meet so many children from a wide variety of schools and backgrounds is a real please and privilege and to hear their excited chatter as they discuss their experience in the zones makes it all worthwhile. There are many dangers facing our young people as they make their way in the world and we believe that Warning Zone really does make a difference to help them grow up safely.

Jan Sanders - Volunteer.

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