; Ongoing Support and Training - Youth Work Essentials

Regular, light touch supervision sessions help volunteers feel valued and supported. It’s important to ensure that supervision doesn’t feel like work place appraisal (for this reason, some youth groups prefer to call them review meetings). 

It is an opportunity for a two way discussion about performance, training needs and reflection on the role. A supervision session is also where any matters of concern can be discussed. At the very least, volunteers should have a contact person who they can refer to.

Alongside any formal arrangements, informal support can be provided with other volunteers and youth leaders.

Some youth groups use a buddy system where a newer volunteer is partnered with an experienced volunteer. This is a good way for new volunteers to consolidate their learning and to discuss questions as they get more involved in the youth club activities.

Training and development may be one of the reasons why people are attracted to volunteering. Ensuring that your youth group has a learning culture, and supports all workers to access training and development will reinforce the idea that everyone needs training to refresh and renew skills.

Training can involve a range of activities including:

  • Work shadowing experienced workers or colleagues with specific skills.
    Being involved in a developmental piece of work or project.
    Mentoring.
  • Visiting another youth project or club that is doing something you are interested in.
  • Training workshops, conferences and online learning.

Youth Scotland and local Area Associations run a wide variety youth work training courses.  

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