VOY will close… unless you can step up and take it on?

After six wonderful years of cooperative youth work in Hackney, we are now looking for the right team of youth workers to take Voice of Youth forward.

Why would VOY need to close? We have always had a committed group of co-operative members (some paid as part time sessional workers where funding allows) and volunteers, who run the organisation cooperatively.

Sadly, the current workers and volunteers (apart from one of us) will need to move on over the next few months, for a variety of work-related and personal reasons. We all still love VOY and working together, and we are all sad to leave, but we will need to plan for closure unless we can find a new group. We are keen and happy to hand over to you and help you get started – and then it’s all yours! Please read the VOY new co-op members advert Jan 2018 for full details.

Come to an open meeting to find out more: 6pm Monday 5th March (venue tbc). Contact voyhackney@gmail.com by 19th Feb to let us know you’re coming.

S.O.S. Voice of Youth!!! Volunteers needed for youth work

Be part of something amazing!
No bosses, great mutually supportive team including local young people – experience genuine co-operative working!
We are looking for experienced youth workers who want to support our way of working…
… and for people who want to gain experience in open-access youth work!

Voice of Youth is a special organisation. We do things differently: we work co-operatively, our work is rooted in young people’s needs and wishes, and we avoid funding that involves meeting targets or defining young people as problems. We were set up in 2011 by local young people and youth workers. We are a committed group of volunteers, we have around 30 fantastic young people aged 8-18 taking part each week, and funding for a project using creative activities to get young people talking about social issues. But we need more volunteers to help us stay open!

Interested? You would need to be available all or most Wednesday evenings, 5:30-9:30pm, term-time from Autumn 2017. Our work relies on trusting relationships with young people and within the staff team, so we ask you to commit to 6 to 12 months if at all possible. Have a look at our website to find out more about us: http://www.voice-of-youth.org

Still interested? Send us an email and we’ll have an informal chat and tell you more! Please contact: tania1.voy@gmail.com or any VOY volunteers or youth workers you know, preferably by mid August ‘17.

Who can be a VOY volunteer? Anyone aged 16+. We aim to reflect the community we work in, and we particularly welcome Black and Minority Ethnic applicants, local young people, and EVERYONE of ANY background who is keen to work with young people on their terms, valuing their views and perspectives. All volunteers need a DBS (criminal record) check – an unrelated criminal record is no problem, but please discuss this with us in advance. Travel expenses available, please ask for details.

Read about VOY’s story!

You can read about VOY’s story in Chapter 6 of this book, where the story is told in dialogue by some of VOY’s early co-op members and volunteers. The book is written by one of VOY’s founder members, Tania, based partly on her experience in VOY; she also undertook interviews and focus groups with many other part-time and volunteer youth workers from a variety of youth organisations around England. You can buy the book here and if you want a 35% discount you can sign up to Policy Press’s newsletter. Academic books rarely make a profit for the author, but if this one does, any profits will be donated to Voice of Youth and In Defence of Youth Work.