Led by Danny Alderslowe, the Drop-In’s paid youth worker, youth workers at the Drop-In are part of a team of adults who commit time regularly, once a week, once a fortnight or once a month. There are other adult volunteers with particular talents who help on an occasional basis, such as driving a minibus, running a cafe, supporting Duke of Edinburgh Groups, organising football games, or supporting one-off fundraising events.
The Management Board comprises 6 Directors, who meet each month at the Drop-In Centre to discuss the running of the Drop-In; to ensure that all administrative and financial matters are up to date and to monitor the operation and performance of The Charity Shop. Each Director has a specific portfolio so that all activities of the Board are the responsibility of a particular Director to monitor. These portfolios include Charity Shop Co-ordinator, Policies and Procedures, Property and Fundraising.
The Drop In Centre employs one part time youth worker and a cleaner, which means it relies heavily on over a dozen regular volunteers. Volunteer youth workers are vital in helping run the three evening sessions at the Drop-In Centre. Youth work at the Drop-In Centre appeals to our volunteers for a wide range of reasons. Among these are being part of a team, taking part in activities they might not otherwise do, befriending young people from the local community, enriching their own work and life experience, keeping in touch with a different generation, enhancing their own C.V., gaining an opportunity for a work reference in the future, and giving something back to their community.
The Charity Shop is open six days a week and there is a ‘volunteer reserve‘ list for any unavoidable absences. The shop is a great wee place, staffed every week from as ream of over 30 regular volunteers. They sort and sift the continuous supply of donations from local residents, ensuring all items are keenly priced and in good order, which guarantees an exciting retail experience for the many bargain hunters who visit the shop!
Young People’s Volunteering– The Drop-In offers many opportunities for the young people to volunteer within the organisation. This can be by working alongside a youth worker during a Drop in Centre session; helping out with fund raising events, assisting in the Charity Shop, attending Management Board meetings to represent the young people or sitting on the Youth Committee.
The Management Board is made up of volunteers who each bring useful expertise and experience to the Board's activities. People who believe that they have a useful contribution to make should should approach the Chairman through the office.