Project information

Youth Zone Volunteer Programme

Recruit, train, support, manage, develop and celebrate at least 100 volunteers who, with a small staff team will deliver a world class programme of sports, arts and recreational activities and targeted support for 3,000+ young people in Wirral, transforming their lives and the wider community

April 2017 - March 2018

Charity information

Wirral Youth Zone

Wirral Youth Zone logo
  • Need


    Birkenhead ranks in the top 1.5% most deprived constituencies in the UK. The statistics for child poverty, unemployment, children in need/care in this area far exceed the national averages. This means that many young people have poor levels of well-being, lack social & developmental opportunities, confidence, aspiration and the skills needed for future employment; and require extra support to succeed. With assistance from dedicated volunteers, we aim to help young people fulfil their potential


    Wirral Youth Zone will open in early 2017, a state-of-the-art building, offering at least 20 activities each session, 7 days a week, both recreational (sports, arts, music etc.) & targeted (employability, mentoring & counselling). Independent evaluation of the impact of existing Youth Zones evidences their success in improving education, health & employment outcomes for young people. We need 100+ volunteers to support young people in Wirral to fully engage in the Youth Zone offer

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To recruit at least 100 volunteers from across Wirral


    » • Promote volunteering opportunities & benefits through local colleges, universities, community umbrella organisations, media & local business
    » To check, induct and train volunteers
    » Work to a safe, robust & fair recruitment policy. Deliver a rolling programme of relevant training
    » Supervise, manage, support & develop volunteers

    100 active volunteers recruited
    100 volunteers completing their training
    Volunteers providing support to 3,000 young people

    Aim 2

    Give volunteers meaningful roles & meet each regularly to ensure support & development needs are met


    » Celebrate volunteer achievement and contribution
    » Continually thank & acknowledge volunteers’ contributions
    » Operate a “Volunteer of the Month” initiative
    » Organise an annual celebration & thank you event for volunteers

    Volunteers engaged across all activities and evidence of contribution to member’s personal progressions. 50% retention after 1 year
    50% retention of volunteers after 1 year

  • Impact


    Volunteers will improve their skills & confidence, which may lead to employment. Based on evaluation of other Youth Zones we expect members to benefit as follows;
    • 70% exercising each week
    • 80% will get better marks in school
    • 89% feeling more confident
    • 76% have improved family relationships
    • 80% thinking about adult life & further education
    • 50% reduction in local Anti-Social Behaviour
    • 87% completing the employability programme will progress into employment, education or training


    Failure to recruit sufficient volunteers.
    We have already developed many relationships with potential sources of volunteers
    Volunteer acting inappropriately.
    Mitigated by a robust recruitment process, and management by a Volunteer & Training Manager, providing continuous support & supervision
    Failure to retain sufficient volunteers.
    Continuous supervision, training & support & acknowledgement/celebration of effort & achievement


    The Youth Zone's Development Manager will;
    Produce a newsletter x 3 per year
    Develop & host an annual donor event
    Invite donors to the volunteer annual celebration event
    Bespoke reporting to meet the needs of individual donors
    Open invitation to visit & see volunteers in action

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £27,312

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      Amount Heading Description
      £24,000 Volunteer Manager Basic Salary for post
      £3,312 On Costs Employers NI & Pension costs
  • Background


    With a population of c. 320,000, 95% of whom are White British, Wirral is a borough of significant contrasts, with some of the most affluent areas, interspersed with some of the most deprived in the country. Birkenhead, where the Youth Zone will be located, ranks amongst the most deprived constituencies in the UK. Child poverty and unemployment are of considerable concern in the communities surrounding the Youth Zone. There are currently 45,000 young people aged 8 – 19 living in Wirral


    Wirral Youth Zone will be open to all young people aged 8 – 19 (up to 25 with a disability) across the borough. They will benefit from the support of volunteers, to access the full Youth Zone offer. Adults from across Wirral (18+) will benefit from improved skills, experience & opportunities.
    Volunteers will support members facing challenges (low attainment, skills, confidence; unemployment, no positive role models, anti-social/offending behaviour) to realise their potential.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Wirral Youth Zone is part of a growing national network of OnSide Youth Zones. Based on a proven model & with the benefit of continual learning, we are confident that Wirral Youth Zone will be equally successful in terms of leadership, sustainability & achieving positive outcomes for young people. Capital funding is secured & 80% of revenue required. Excellent working relationships have been established with the council & other stakeholders.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Stuart Barnes

    Stuart is the CEO and has over 15 years’ experience of charity management in the youth sector. HE has a Masters Degree in Charity Management


    A suitably experienced and qualified Volunteer & Training Manager will be recruited to manage the project/volunteers


    Our newly recruited Development Manager will manage the funding and relationship with donors