Volunteer Group Leader

Bishop Auckland, Chester le Street

GFS Group Leaders are people who like a challenge and would like to use or develop their leadership skills. The Group Leader role is a rewarding one that gives you the scope, freedom and skills you need to run an amazing GFS group.


• Interacting with girls and young women weekly, to make them feel supported, encouraged and ready to try new things.
• Leading on running the group every week with a team of volunteers (Activity Leaders and Helpers)
• Running termly planning meetings with your team to create a programme of activities, taking inspiration from ideas and feedback given by the girls and other volunteers. We’ll also provide support through themed session plans and step-by-step activity guides on the GFS website
• Inspiring and supporting other volunteers in your team to take a lead on running sessions and activities
• Acting as the main point of contact in coordinating the volunteer rota and encouraging good communication amongst the team.
• Making sure the group environment is always safe and tidy, with help from the volunteer team. This will include completing a risk assessment for the venue every year and if you go on any trips out.
• Being responsible for ensuring that the group is meeting safe adult to child ratios every week and prepared to cancel the session if ratios are not adequate.
• Contacting parents when they first sign a new girl up to the group to let them know if there is a space available at the group and if so, inviting them to their first session. Completing an individual risk assessment for a girl should she have additional needs with support from a GFS staff member.
• Creating great relationships with girls’ parents so you can let them know how their child is getting on and share any issues or feedback that they raise to your GFS staff contact.
• Keeping girls safe by informing your GFS staff contact about any issues or concerns for girls’ wellbeing and report safeguarding concerns that you, or any other volunteers, have as soon as possible
• Monitoring group registers and weekly subs received from the girls and be a point of contact for the group finances and recording income and expenses
• Understanding and following GFS policies and procedures

Skills & Qualities

• Leadership skills or a desire to develop leadership skills in running a group for girls
• A passion for building the confidence of girls and young women through fun and inspiring activities
• Happy to lead other volunteers and encourage them to challenge themselves and develop
• Feel comfortable in being responsible in making the group a safe place for volunteers and girls
• Confident in speaking to both adults and children
• Willing to take responsibility in making sure the group admin is completed

When & Where?

GFS Groups run on an evening during the week during term time

Training and Support Offered/Expenses

We provide training for our volunteers and cover reasonable travel expenses.

Volunteer Benefits

Gain skills and experience in leadership to work with girls and young women
A reference on request on completion of successfully volunteering for around a year
Access to free training and DBS
Access to a friendly network of volunteers throughout Durham and the North East
Reimbursement of reasonable travel expenses
Invitation to an annual volunteer event

Other Information

For our roles that work directly with girls, we can only accept female volunteers under the provisions of the Equality Act 2010.

This role requires a DBS check which is paid for by GFS

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Hours: Weekly: One and a half hours direct delivery at your group One hour prep and planning for sessions, set up/tidy up Two hours of admin tasks and coordination Termly: Two hours termly planning meeting Occasional trip out Type: Children/Young People
Recognition of Quality Volunteer Experience

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