Volunteer opportunity description

About Grove Park Youth Club Building Preservation Trust (GPYC BPT)

Our initiative is a response to the withdrawal of youth services from an important, purpose-built youth club and the threat of loss of this public asset to private developers. The closure has contributed to social isolation in Grove Park, with people feeling a loss of community cohesion in recent years.

We believe building a strong local community that actively participates in solving local problems would help to:

• Increase education and employment opportunities for young people

• Reduce crime in the area

• Combat isolation and its negative consequences

• Increase quality of life for Grove Park residents

• Save public funds through the above

Our plan is to regenerate the youth club, turning it into a community hub for people to learn, play, and work.

Above all, the site will be a welcoming place for the community to gather in an area that lacks any such communal spaces within a one mile radius


How YOU can help us:

The campaign needs a strong youth voice and requires an energetic & self-motivated young person to take it another step forward. By signing up, you will gain valuable experience in:


  • Social Media Campaigning – by spreading the word of the campaign on social media through managing our accounts on facebook, twitter and Instagram
  • Community/ Youth Engagement – by supporting the engagement of other young people in the area through focus groups, interviews and surveys
  • Business Plan Development – by assisting the research and writing of funding bids and applications
  • Communication and Press – by aiding in communications with other stakeholders and drafting press releases



What we are looking for:

A confident, energetic and organised young person (16-21 yrs olds) that believes in social justice. You should be community-minded and, most importantly, believe in the importance of youth services.

You are not required to have any prior experience in social media campaigning, community engagement or business plan development. However, ideally you should have a basic understanding of what they entail, and be looking to build experience in community or charitable work. 


Benefits to YOU:

You will receive ‘on the role’ guidance and training from different members of the Trust, who professionally work in the education, business management & journalism sector.

After a couple of months with us, you should:

  • Have a very good understanding on how to utilise social media for campaigning purposes
  • Have a good understanding on how to engage with young people and understand their needs
  • Have an understanding on how to write your own business plan & how to prepare for funding/bidding applications
  • Have an understanding on how to formally communicate with other stakeholders in representation of the Trust


Expenses Policy:

Unfortunately, the campaign is very short on funding at the moment, which means we will not be able to reimburse you for travels and food. However, you will be working from home/ your computer 90% of the time, and if there are any meetings to attend, they will all be held locally in Lewisham.

We understand how hard this is for our volunteers, so we are in the process of applying to multiple funding scheme, and hopefully we can change this situation in the very near future.


Time Commitment:

Flexible – Average 5 hrs per week

(You will be working from a computer most of the time)


DBS Check when working with vulnerable audiences:

This role requires volunteers to undertake a DBS (free) which the Trust will arrange






Our volunteer needs

We need volunteers who are free at these times


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About the organisation

Grove Park Youth Club Building Preservation Trust

Colin Chu
Youth Engagement Coordinator
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