4yP Part III: helping you help your community

In the final instalment of showcasing Suffolk Young People’s Health Project, we want to tell people how they can get involved and be part of making a difference to their community.

W&GFS: How can people help and contribute to 4yP?

Lily: We do look for a range of donations, whether it be:

Financial donations to support the services and other groups and activities we offer.
Fundraising helps 4YP provide the range of services we offer young people, and it’s a fun way to get involved and also raise awareness so that more young people know about us. There’s plenty of information on how to get started in the 4YP fundraising guide.
In-kind donations (such as capital items (e.g. IT equipment), clothes, both casual and smart for job interviews and even food and toiletries for the kitchen and bathroom facilities we offer the young people who drop in
Volunteering: We are proud to be the first organisation in Suffolk to have been presented with the prestigious Investors in Volunteers award. 4YP offers volunteering placements available in all areas of the Project ranging from youth work to admin. We also regularly welcome work experience placements and participants in other work schemes.
or even just sharing social media posts which helps raise awareness of the work we do.

W&GFS: How can volunteers join in to help?

Lily: We welcome volunteers in all aspects of the charity — both young people and other members of the community. We recognise and value the diversity of skills and experience they can offer, and how this can help further strengthen the support we offer young people.

Volunteers may be fundraisers, Trustees, sharers of social media posts, or youth workers that can assist in activities such as Girls’ Group.

W&GFS: What kind of training or support do you provide for volunteers?

Lily: All volunteers (other than fundraisers, usually) receive a full induction. They are also required to have an enhanced DBS check.

In addition to this, training is suited to the individual. This may include one-to-one supervision with a staff member, group or individual internal (e.g. using service databases) and external training (e.g. first aid), and they are invited to staff development days as a vital member of the 4YP team.

All volunteers are supported by a Key Worker.

For more information on how to get involved with 4yP, click here for their website.