Compass Partnership


The Barnardo’s Compass Partnership supports young people aged 14 to 26 (until they reach their 26th Birthday) with a range of issues. Barnardo's Compass partnership provides help, support and guidance to young people who may be homeless, experiencing debt problems, struggling with parenthood, or feeling isolated. We understand that sometimes young people just need someone to talk to, and this is where we can help and provide support if needed.

We are looking for volunteers who are non-judgemental, approachable and reliable, to join our team and support young people as they find their feet and learn to live independently.

Volunteers play a vital role within the Barnardo’s work and we hope you will join us and help to make a positive difference to young people’s lives.

"It's really nice to have the opportunity to give something back and feel like i'm helping in some small way. Volunteering has enabled me to gain new skills and increase my confidence. I really enjoy the work that I do and helping children and young people have a better future is very rewarding" - A Barnardo's Volunteer
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Who can volunteer?

Almost anyone can volunteer. Barnardo's Compass Partnership is committed to ensure that everyone who wants to volunteer is given equal opportunities. We are looking for outgoing, positive and friendly individuals, who want to get involved and make a difference. All staff and volunteers are expected to be committed and promote Barnardo's basis and values. We aim to find a volunteering role to suit every individual.

What can I do?

Volunteers enhance the service at Compass in a variety of way. Volunteers can:

  • Provide administrative support for the Barnardo's Compass Partnership department
  • Provide mentoring support to a young person
  • Provide support to young parents
  • Participate in and run group work

Whatever skills or experience you may have, we are always looking for new ways to involve volunteers in our service. Volunteering within our department can be challenging but is extremely rewarding and fun.

Do you offer training?

You will have the opportunity to undertake Barnardo’s Induction training and additional in house training for the specific role you will be involved with. There are a variety of courses and programmes that you can complete for any training necessary for you to carry out your volunteer role.

You will also receive on-going support from a nominated member of Barnardo's staff and the volunteer co-ordinator; this will consist of regular meetings, group discussions and a point of contact if support or advice is needed.

What skills do I need to volunteer?

The skills required for volunteering will depend on the specific role you are interested in. However, we will make every effort to support you and provide the training you need in your choosen role.

How do I become a volunteer?

You can visit the Barnardo's website to view our current volunteering opportunities.

Or you can contact Compass directly on 01978 317092 and ask for the Volunteer Co-ordinator.

To ensure we protect the children and young people we work with, we screen all volunteers at our service. The Volunteer Co-ordinator will tell you more about this when you get in touch.

What commitment would I need to make?

As much or as little as you want. There are casual opportunities or more committed roles, if you want to get involved we can discuss your availability and find a role that best suits you. A more committed role would require a dedication to a minimum time period.

What are the benefits of volunteering with Barnardo’s?

Volunteering has many benefits; it is not only extremely rewarding, it can also provide you with some new skills and experiences that are hugely attractive to prospective employers. Here is a list of some of the many benefits of volunteering:

  • The satisfaction of knowing you are making a valuable contribution
  • A greater understanding of young people’s needs
  • Training and experience that can benefit your personal development and enhance your CV
  • A chance to learn new skills
  • Meet new people and make great friends
  • Gain practical experience that you can transfer to future career opportunities
  • Volunteering can help you stand out from the crowd
  • Explore an area of work that you are interested in
  • Get involved within your local community and provide a valuable service
  • It promotes personal growth, confidence and self-esteem
  • It has been suggested that volunteering reduces stress
  • Gain life experience through hands on work
  • Meet a diverse range of people - this can be an excellent way to develop interpersonal skills
  • Can offer an incredible networking opportunity
  • 73% of employers would recruit a candidate with volunteering experience over one without