Volunteer basic skills assistant (Frome)

YMCA Mendip

Name: Volunteer basic skills assistant (Frome)
Organisation: YMCA Mendip
Location: Frome Foyer, 1 Palmer Street, Frome, Somerset, BA11 1DS
Type: Part Time


What is Frome Foyer House?

Frome Foyer provides housing and ongoing support for vulnerable 16-25 year olds. We help young people prepare for living independently and accessing move on accommodation. We support young people in developing basic life skills and help them to access education, employment and other learning opportunities. The YMCA’s policy is to assist all enquiries, irrespective of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, disability or political belief.

About the opportunity

Frome Foyer is always looking for people to join the team to help support our young residents. Some of our residents are lacking basic literacy and numeracy skills and need to improve them in order to gain access to education and training. As A YMCA volunteer you would be offered training, mentored by a member of the staff team and invited to YMCA Mendip events.

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Organisation Description

YMCA Mendip has been operating from Wells since 1892 and we now deliver and support a wide range of services, mostly for young people, across the whole of Mendip and also in South Somerset. We’re a fully autonomous independent local charity working for the people of Mendip and South Somerset with a main focus on young people and specialising in housing and homelessness issues.

YMCA Mendip support young people aged 16-25, who are homeless or threatened with homelessness, with supported housing projects, Grace Harris House (Shepton Mallet), Frome Foyer, Street Foyer and new projects in Yeovil. We also have supported accommodation for homeless adults in Spencer House (Wells). We support homeless people and those at risk of homelessness to access private rented accommodation and to maintain their tenancies once housed.

In addition to this YMCA Mendip provides youth clubs and drop ins across Mendip and more recently in Yeovil too. These include Routes Drop in Centre and Café in Frome, Frome Youth and Community Centre providing a range of services to the community and young people and Street Young Peoples Centre, a hub of services for young people. We have Youth Clubs at Glastonbury, Shepton Mallet, Frome, Yeovil and Coleford.

Volunteers enable us to further enrich the work we do with young people and vulnerable adults, for which we are extremely grateful. If you decide to apply you will be making a real difference to our mission to respond to young peoples’ needs, particularly in terms of homelessness and housing.

Although we are part of the worldwide YMCA movement we are self-funded and grateful to the many people and voluntary groups that help us with contributions and donations (and their time) as well as our partners with whom we have contracts.


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Cause / Interests

  • Homeless
  • Young People

Types of Activity

  • Teaching, Training and Coaching
  • Youth Work

Skills and Qualifications


Our clients can find it difficult to engage with help when they have little interest in academia, so this role is best suited to someone with patience and understanding and confidence motivating young people. Basic Skills volunteers will require experience in delivering literacy and numeracy support. We are looking for volunteers, who are non-judgemental, fairly proactive with good listening skills with an interest in helping young people.

Additional/Specific Suitabilities

Minimum Age: NA
Maximum Age: NA
Disabled Access: No
Wheelchair Access: No
Expenses: We can cover reasonable travelling and out of pocket expenses.
Restrictions: NA
Induction: NA
Insurance Cover: NA
Special Needs: NA
Offer: NA
Training: NA
Other: NA

Recruitment Method

DBS Check