Why should I volunteer with Yellow Submarine?

Volunteering with us is an experience that is rewarding in many ways. As well as being a fantastic opportunity to support people with learning disabilities, their families and carers, and making a positive change in your community; you will be learning new skills, gaining CV experience and meeting a lot of new people!

You can have a look at what our volunteers past and present have to say about their experience with us in our what it’s like to volunteer section.

What makes a great Yellow Submarine volunteer?

In our sessions, we’re looking for people who are enthusiastic. Friendly. Non-judgemental. Someone who enjoys talking to new people and knows how to make others feel welcome.

Someone who genuinely enjoys all the activities we get up to at Yellow Sub – but understands that, at the end of the day, it’s all about our members.

A strong volunteer will be able to follow the flow of a session, figuring out as they go who needs a chat, who needs a helping hand, and who’s getting on just fine.

Finally, volunteers feel comfortable keeping an eye out for members’ wellbeing, and sharing a responsibility for members’ safety with their team-mates and session leader.

If you have any particular skills you can bring to sessions – from football to yoga! – we’d love to hear that too!

How do I get involved with Yellow Submarine?

Check out our volunteering opportunities, we have a variety of activities to get involved with – if something appeals complete our expression of interest form and we’ll be in touch.

If you have any questions about volunteering or how you go about getting involved have a read through of our FAQs or contact Miriam.

How old do I need to be to volunteer with Yellow Submarine?

We have volunteering opportunities for people age 16 or over – so anyone from sixth form college age upwards is welcome! We have volunteers from all walks of life who each bring something different to our activities. The amount of responsibility that you will have for the day will depend on how much experience you have.

How much time will I have to give?

The great thing about volunteering is that it’s very flexible! Time commitments vary according to the activity that you are involved in and the role that you have. For example, if you come to our evening clubs, you will only need to be there for three hours whereas our residential holidays usually last a few days at a time.

For our regular activities, it’s useful if you can come weekly or fortnightly – but if you don’t have that much time to give, chat to us about it. We’re happy to be flexible!

You can find more information on all of our opportunities here.

I am still a student; can I get involved with Yellow Submarine?

Yes! As long as you are 16 or over we would be very happy for you to volunteer with us. If you feel like you are too busy to volunteer during term, you can always sign up to volunteer at our activity days or residential trips which run during the school holidays.

Have a look at our volunteering opportunities to see what you can get involved in.

I have a part-time or full-time job; do you have opportunities that I could get involved with?

Absolutely! If you are too busy during the day to volunteer but are free in the evenings, you would be most welcome to attend one of our evening clubs. It’s a great way to help your local community whilst also giving you the opportunity to meet new people.

If you happen to be free during the school holidays we also run activity days and residential trips that we need volunteers for too.

Some workplaces have an Employee Volunteering Scheme, where volunteers can book a day off to help out in the community. Find out how you can use your day to support Yellow Submarine here.

Have a look at our volunteering opportunities to see what you can get involved in.

Do I need a DBS check?

You may need to complete a DBS check, but this will depend on what activities you get involved with and how often you volunteer. Anyone volunteering with us on a regular basis (once a week or more) or signing up to volunteer on one of our residential trips will be asked to complete a DBS check.

If you are already in possession of a DBS check please do let us know on your application form along with date it was issued.

How do I get involved with Yellow Submarine?

Check out our volunteering opportunities, we have a variety of activities to get involved with – then if something appeals complete our expression of interest form and we’ll be in touch.

If you have any questions about volunteering or how you go about getting involved have a read through of our FAQs or contact Cara.

I'd prefer to handwrite my application; do you have another version of the form?

Yes, of course. You can download the pdf volunteer application form print off and fill it in by hand. You can return the form by post to the Yellow Submarine office – 12 Park End Street, Oxford, OX1 1HH, or via email to Miriam.

What is a DBS check?

A DBS check enables employers to check the criminal records of employees and potential employees or volunteers, to see whether or not they are suitable to work with vulnerable adults and children.

Do I need a DBS check?

You may need to complete a DBS check, but this will depend on what activities you get involved with and how often you volunteer. Anyone volunteering with us on a regular basis (once a week or more) or signing up to volunteer on one of our residential trips will be asked to complete a DBS check.

If you are already in possession of a DBS check please do let us know on your application form along with date it was issued.

Why do I need to provide referees?

We ask for referees on our application form, so that we can make sure our volunteers are suitable for a role supporting our young people and vulnerable adults.

Who should I put as my referees?

Your referees should be someone that you have known for more than two years – preferably in a professional context. For example, a current or former employer or if you’re still in education a teacher or lecturer.

What happens after I express an interest in volunteering with you?

We try to acknowledge everyone as quickly as possible – so hopefully you will hear from us pretty promptly. We will probably ask you to come in for a chat so that we can meet you and let you know about all of the different opportunities.

How will I find out about volunteering opportunities?

You can find out here! Also once we receive your references are cleared we’ll sign you up to our volunteer newsletter which is sent out on a regular basis and has details of all of the upcoming volunteering opportunities.

What will happen at my first activity?

Well, that kind of depends – our activities are quite varied but you’re sure to have lots of fun and be welcomed by lots of smiling faces! After signing up for an activity you’ll be sent all of the details you need by the activity leader a week beforehand.

Do have a read of some of volunteers, past and present, first experiences of Yellow Submarine – they’re sure to put your mind at ease!

Do you run any training sessions?

We run regular training sessions for staff and volunteers throughout the year; for example, inductions for new starters. Training sessions are advertised in the volunteer newsletter.

At every activity you’ll be given a briefing of what you’ll be doing along with a reminder of our safeguarding policy.