Be a YiS Volunteer

Have you been searching for ways to support a local charity?

Are you passionate about raising awareness of the importance of mental health?

Are you passionate about improving the wellbeing of young people?

If this sounds like you, then you might be interested in volunteering for YiS!

YiS Volunteers are for those who wish to join us throughout the year for big or small activities, projects, events, and overall education support.

Previous opportunities include, but are not limited to, Event Ambassadors, Event Coordinators, Project Leads, Social Media Content Producers, Street Fundraisers, Outreach Attendants, and many more.

We hold quarterly volunteers meetings to discuss upcoming dates, events, and projects that any of our volunteers can choose to participate in. We actively encourage our Volunteers to share their ideas for activities, events, or projects during these meetings.

We offer our Volunteers access to a variety of training opportunities.

Being a Volunteer with YiS is a flexible and voluntary commitment. You only need to do what you feel comfortable with. We just want your passion, commitment, and voice.

If you are interested in volunteering with YiS or attending a Quarterly Volunteer Meeting, or have ideas about events or projects you would like to see or be a part of, please contact Charlotte - charlotte@mkyis.org.uk

Feedback from Volunteer Counsellors

“Well organised and a safe space to work in with consistent reliable back-up and support. It’s enjoyable to feel that we’re all working together as a team”

“Excellent agency!”

“Very organised diary, great support”

“I find the YiS staff and so supportive and helpful. The electronic systems that support my work is really helpful”

“Thorough support both professionally and personally as well as knowledge of all things legislation”

“I enjoy getting to know other volunteers and learning from each other. Also the support of staff when needed. It’s a very welcoming team, that I have loved being a part of”

“I really value group supervision for the exchange of experience and insights with other counsellors and a space to think through and explore things together”

Be a Trustee

The charity is overseen by a board of volunteer trustees. They are responsible for strategic oversight and development of YiS and come with the expertise and/or enthusiasm to help us better support young people’s mental health in Milton Keynes. If you are interested in becoming a trustee, or would like to find out more, please do contact us.

Be a Counsellor

We take on trainee counsellors in their final year of study, and qualified counsellors with a BACP Certificate of Proficiency or equivalent. All volunteers must be members of the BACP or NCS (student, member or accredited member) and follow their respective ethical guidelines. Ideally, we look for people with experience working with young people aged 11+ in either a counselling or other supportive environment.

We follow rigorous standards of Safeguarding and Child Protection. All of our staff and volunteers are subject to an enhanced DBS check, which they must pass before they can work with us. We also interview all staff and volunteers to assess their suitability to the role.

See our Person Specification & Job Description and then apply below if it seems like a good fit! Someone will be in touch within 5 working days to discuss next steps.

We Provide

  • Access to a diverse client group with a range of issues.

  • Monthly group supervision (free).

  • Monthly 1:1 supervision costs (up to £40 per month).

  • Travel expenses to and from sessions and supervision (up to a maximum of £10 per return journey).

  • Numerous CPD opportunities throughout the year.

  • Administrative and practical support, including training on our systems.

  • Information, advice and guidance on therapeutic issues, relevant legislation and any aspect of your volunteering experience.

  • Access to Headspace to support your mental health and wellbeing.