2-3 hrs – every couple of weeks – in term-time

For four years now our wonderful band of coffee bar volunteers have made sure that for every youth club session there has been a coffee bar provided by volunteers.  In our ambition to give greater service to our young people we are now running 6 sessions every week term time.  Unfortunately a small number of our volunteers have needed to give up, including our terrific Coffee Bar Manager.

The duties include arriving a few minutes before the club starts, setting out the snacks and drinks, sometimes cooking toast etc.  The volunteers serve the young people and supervise the security of the coffee bar and takings during the time the coffee bar is open. Often one of the two partners on duty will join in with the activities.  For example one of our volunteers is a member of the Flower Club and sometimes organises an activity around the arrangement of flowers; this has been surprisingly successful.  The coffee bar closes about 15 minutes before the end of a club session and the volunteers can then go home.

Everyone finds this an enjoyable and rewarding couple of hours once a fortnight bringing them into contact with the younger generation who really appreciate what is done for them.  Getting to know the young people means that when you meet them in the street you have the basis for a pleasant conversation. This all helps to bring the generations together, one of the stated aims of our youth club.  The Manager’s task is more demanding and involves running the rota and arranging cover for absence, monitoring stock and visiting Cash and Carry and the shops (all expenses paid) to keep the sweets and drinks topped up.

If you would like to find out more about this rewarding and light commitment volunteering please get in touch.  (THE VOLUNTARY POSTS ARE SUBJECT TO DBS CHECKS)

The requirements are:

Monday 6.30pm – 8.30pm 9-11 years One vacancy every two weeks term time
Tuesday 6.30pm – 8.30pm 11-13 years  Two Vacancies every two weeks term time
Wednesday 7.00pm – 9.00pm  13+ years  One Vacancy every two weeks term time

Manager: times to suit plus some emergency cover.

Peter Crathorne

The Hub at Henley Community Centre CIO

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