Volunteering with Scripture Union could be the most fun and rewarding thing you ever do! It's a great way to build relationships, develop your skills and get real life experience of working with children and young people. We have lots of different opportunities so there's something for everyone.
Simple... it will change your life! Volunteers return home challenged, encouraged and fired up with a burning desire to serve God in their area. They also make long lasting relationships with other team members. It will also change the lives of the children and young people who you serve. As one parent said: 'What was clear to me was the love and sincerity of the SU team, and wow what an impact that has on our young kids!'
Where could I go?
We have volunteering opportunities available throughout the year across England and Wales. Our holidays last for anything from two to ten days, and our holiday clubs are normally one or two weeks long. You can discover our current holidays and events programme here. We also have all sorts of shorter and regular opportunities working alongside our regional teams. But joining Scripture Union as a volunteer is more than just the activity itself - it's about being part of the organisation as a whole and you can find out more about our approach to mission by taking a look at our Revealing Jesus framework. Scripture Union is a volunteer movement, and although it employs some full-time staff, it's our volunteers who make Scripture Union work. To find out more about being part of the SU family, you should read Ministry with Scripture Union.
What could I do?
Most of our volunteers enjoy working alongside children and young people, but there is also a need for cooks, administrators, first aiders, those with outdoor pursuits qualifications, lifeguards and many more. We also welcome young people aged under 18 who would like to improve their leadership skills and we have a wide variety of opportunities where you can do this.
Team roles explained
This role is for adults aged 18 or over at the end of the event who are Christians and who will be working in a face to face capacity with children and young people.
This role is for people who work in behind the scenes roles such as catering or administration. They are adults aged 18 or over at the end of the event who are supportive of the work of Scripture Union and who would like to contribute in a volunteer capacity.
This role is for volunteers aged under 18 at the start of the event. Not all of our events are able to accept junior team members, so it is a good idea to contact the event leader before applying.
We do ask our volunteers to contribute to the cost of the events where they serve so that we can keep the holiday clubs free for the children and young people who attend, and so that we can keep the price of our holidays as reasonable as possible. Each event will have a suggested fee for team, but if this is going to cause you a problem, do talk to the event leader about this because we value you much more than your money and would not want you to see finance as a barrier to joining us. Grants are also available for some of our events.
Keeping children and young people safe
At Scripture Union, keeping children safe is of paramount importance and we are committed to supporting, resourcing and training those who work with children and adults at risk of harm, and you can read our Safeguarding Policy to find out more. All our volunteers are required to complete an application form and provide us with details of referees, and if you are in a role that involves direct contact with children or young people you will require an Enhanced Disclosure from the DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service). This is free for volunteers and we will help you to obtain this as part of the application process. If you have lived outside the UK, we will explain to you how to obtain police clearance from the countries where you have lived.
In the event of any illness at the start of the holiday or event, we adhere to current NHS guidelines for school attendance, which can be found here https://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/Yourchildatschool/Pages/Illness.aspx.
Any person suffering from diarrhea and/or vomiting must not be sent to the holiday or event until at least 48 hours after the symptoms have gone.
If you have a raised temperature or any other symptoms of Covid-19, you must remain at home and obtain/undertake a covid test. If you test positive you should follow the current NHS advice. If you test negative, you should not attend until all symptoms have gone. We regret that we cannot offer any refunds if you cannot attend due to ill health – please see the section below relating to insurance.
What about insurance?
Scripture Union is fully covered for public liability. You are not, however, insured against personal accident or injury as a result of an accident or loss of possessions. We therefore suggest those who feel that additional insurance is necessary should make their own arrangements.
You may be photographed on the event! The photographs will only be used by SU or organisations in sympathy with SU to which express permission may be granted. We cannot take responsibility for any photographs/video clips that are put onto social networking sites by guests on the events. Scripture Union may use photographs / video clips for promotion. You will be asked if you consent to any images of you being used in these ways as part of the application process.
We welcome your comments in order to continue to improve our service. If there is a problem with the event please contact us immediately and we will do our utmost to find a satisfactory solution. We would also like to hear from you with your positive comments.
Scripture Union reserves the right to:
- refuse any application,
- alter or cancel an event where necessary