Youth Advice Centre Food Market Volunteer - YMCA DownsLink Group

Youth Advice Centre Food Market Volunteer

Job Title: Youth Advice Centre Food Market Volunteer

Location: Brighton & Hove, East Sussex

Hours: Minimum commitment of around 3 hours per week

Closing date: 30th September 2022

About the Position

The Project

YMCA Youth Advice Centre (YAC) Brighton Food Market is a Youth-Led sustainable social grocery store. The aim of this project is to support young people in accessing healthy, low-cost foods and shopping products at a simple one-stop shop – an easy way for young people who struggle to afford the rising cost of goods to access locally produced fresh foods and supermarket surplus, providing a modern and sustainable approach to food waste and food poverty. YAC is keen to empower young people throughout the project, seeking volunteers, feedback, and inspiration for how YAC Food Market can reflect the needs of our community. For further information on the project click HERE

The Role

We are looking to recruit volunteer Food Market workers with an interest in supporting young people (aged 13-25), through providing advice, information and guidance. You will be eager to provide support in developing YAC Social Media Pages with help from a YAC Social Media worker as well as supporting the delivery of the YAC Food Market. You will be required to complete Food Hygiene training and FSA Allergy awareness training.

Key to this role, is supporting our youth-led Food Market project, which will include welcoming young people at reception, supporting them to access food, and supporting the smooth running of the Food Market which is on Tuesday – Thursday between 3-6pm

We ask that you can support roughly 3 hours a week for a 12-month period

Who You Are

You do not need to have specific formal qualifications, but you will need patience, resilience, empathy and tolerance and a good sense of humour!

You will be aged 18 and above, have an interest and able to relate well with young people.

Willingness to volunteer under the supervision of YMCA DLG Support Staff and the Volunteer Coordinator and follow the YMCA DownsLink Group policies and procedures.

We know that there are great candidates who will not fit everything we have described above,  or who have important skills we have not mentioned. If that is you, please do not hesitate to apply and tell us about yourself.

All volunteers are asked to complete some YMCA DLG mandatory training when they commence their role. Volunteers will be offered a thorough induction, as well as training and support throughout their time at YAC. We also offer a variety of additional training opportunities and encourage our volunteers to utilise the courses available.

If you would like any further information about this volunteering role, please contact [email protected]

Please note this is a rolling advert, we will be reviewing applications regularly and the role will close once we have reached our capacity for volunteers. 

Further Information

An inclusive workplace – We appreciate the rich diversity of our staff and seek to create a culture where everyone develops and fulfils their potential. We recognise the immense value of different perspectives brought by those with varied backgrounds, characteristics and life experiences. As such, YMCA DLG is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. We particularly welcome applications from under-represented sections of the community.

Accessibility – If you require assistance or have questions regarding the application process, please contact us. If you are local to our Head Office in Hove, we can provide you with a paper copy of the job advert and application form. If you are not local, we can post these to your preferred address. If you require these documents in another format, please let us know.

For more information on our efforts to build an inclusive workplace, and how we can support you with your application, please see the application pack.

YMCA DLG requires all staff and volunteers to be committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people, and vulnerable adults and to respond proactively to safeguarding concerns. Successful applicants are required to undertake an Enhanced Disclosure (including the Children’s barred list and the Adults’ barred list) via the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

Should you require any assistance with our application process, or have any questions regarding volunteering opportunities, please email us at [email protected]


YMCA enables people to develop their full potential in mind, body and spirit. Inspired by and faithful to our Christian values, we create supportive, inclusive and energising communities, where young people can truly belong, contribute and thrive.

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