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S.H.I.P Volunteers are a vital part of S.H.I.P. and are at the heart of what we do. We have been recognised as a Volunteer Friendly organisation. Volunteers support our children and young people on a 1:1 or small group basis at both youth clubs and days out. This not only allows them to develop relationships with the young people they support, but also allows them to develop friendships with other volunteers. Their role is incredibly rewarding whilst providing them with skills for leadership and future careers. Volunteers will receive payment to cover their expenses when they attend the youth clubs or day outs, and are fully supported by our trained and experienced Play Leaders during their time with S.H.I.P.

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New volunteers are required to complete a 6 week induction training. This training the following topics:

  • Child Protection

  • Shadowing experienced volunteers

  • Challenging behaviour

  • Evaluation

  • Practical sessions focusing on visual impairment, using a wheelchair, Makaton and coordination

Our volunteers have the opportunity to develop a vast range of skills whilst having as much fun as the children and young people they support. Ongoing training is provided throughout the year to support volunteers and further improve their skills. Many volunteers use their volunteering opportunity at S.H.I.P as part of their Duke of Edinburgh Award. We also support volunteers through Saltire Awards. We value our volunteers and all that they do for us. If you would like to become a volunteer or find out more information, please get in touch.



When I joined I was worried it would be hard work and I couldn't help the kids. I found that I was having as much fun as they were!  I had a great time throughout the school holidays instead of staying at home and I got to do something worthwhile. I would recommend it to anyone.

Adam, 2019

I really enjoy volunteering at S.H.I.P. and find it rewarding when I see how much of a difference it can make to a child's life. It has also helped me gain my Duke of Edinburgh Award and I am working towards my Saltire Award.

Freya Oct 2019


I like seeing the kids enjoying themselves.

Ryan,September 2019

Volunteering makes me feel good and happy about myself.

Neve Jan, 2018


It's fun to volunteer and it has helped me build my confidence.



Being a volunteer is amazing because I've learned things that I didn't know about myself and pushed myself to the limit I thought I couldn't. Also I like working with children.

David Jan, 2019


My time as a volunteer with SHIP has allowed me to gain valuable skills which have enhanced both my education and career. Volunteering with SHIP has been a fun and rewarding experience which I would recommend for anyone with an interest in working with children.

Heather Jan, 2018

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