Volunteering at Blackburn Youth Zone is a great way to support your community, enhance your skills and have a lot of fun along the way.

At Blackburn Youth Zone we are recruiting a committed core of volunteers to ensure we deliver a world-class service to Blackburn’s young people.

We have a number of volunteering opportunities available, offering a wide-range of experiences.

Volunteering at Blackburn Youth Zone is your chance to be at the heart of a project that will turn around the options and opportunities for Blackburn’s young people.

Find out a little bit more about how you can support your community:

Volunteer Youth Worker

Youth Work is an opportunity to create a fun and secure environment for young people to socialise and personally develop.

Volunteer Sports Leader

A chance to build young people’s confidence and teamwork skills, with sports including Football, Basketball, Netball, Badminton, Climbing and Outdoor Adventure.

Volunteer Arts Leader

With a stimulating and diverse arts programme, including music, dance, drama, design and crafts – Volunteer Arts Leaders will assist in facilitating art groups and workshops – nurturing the creative talents and skills of young people.

Volunteer Mentor

Mentoring provides young people with valuable one-to-one support to meet identified objectives. Mentors meet with their mentee for two hours per week and attend quarterly group activities/social events.

Volunteer Receptionist

The reception team will be the first point of contact for young people accessing Blackburn Youth Zone. Receptionists will act as a friendly and informative presence to all visitors.

Catering Volunteer

This is a fun opportunity to be part of a unique team that aims to provide young people with affordable, nutritious and exciting meals.


The training consists of a five session ‘Essential Skills’ Programme PLUS additional training in the areas you are interested in. The Training Programme covers the following themes:

  • Introduction to Youth Zone and Youth Work
  • Staying Safe
  • Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
  • Child Protection Training
  • Plan and Deliver Youth Activities
  • The Volunteer Handbook

Following attendance at the Essential Skills Programme, if you wish to become a Mentor you will be invited to attend the mentor induction training.

Time commitment

We ask all our volunteers to commit to one session per week for a minimum of six months (12 months for mentors). This allows us to effectively plan our work with young people and ensures they have the continuity and stability they deserve.

What next?

To discuss volunteering opportunities and to find out how to apply contact Mubashar Khaliq on 01254 292000 or email mubashar.khaliq@blackburnyz.org