Yes. In order for our volunteers to receive the highest level of care and support across our programs while volunteering with Encounter Youth, we require them to have the endorsement by and connection to a church community. Our 20-year heritage stands on providing opportunities for church communities to support young people through practical service. We rely heavily on a church community’s leadership and support structures to ensure our volunteers are well looked after, trained, and that they uphold the standards the community and city have come to expect from us in providing direct relief.
Volunteers must supply a current Criminal History Document that is in line with our Child Protection Policy. A pastoral reference is required in conjunction with your volunteer application. Other accreditations such as Provide First Aid and Child-Safe Environments are highly valued and encouraged.
Our volunteers receive extensive training in our vision and mission, work, health & safety and program specific information. Each volunteer must agree to abide by to the Encounter Youth Code of Conduct. If you would like a copy of the Code of Conduct, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Working With Children Check (valid for 5 years from date of issue)
A National Police Certificate (NPC) recorded on file by Encounter Youth prior to 30 June 2019 (only valid for volunteering with children until 1 July 2020). NOTE: If you have an existing NPC but it was not recorded on file with Encounter Youth prior to 30 June 2019, we are unable to accept it.
Any Department for Communities & Social Inclusion Check (valid for 3 years from date of issue)
A current registration certificate from the Teachers Registration Board of SA
A valid Working With Children Check Card (commonly known as a Blue Card) from another Australian state
Identification as a Police Officer
If you don’t have a valid Criminal History Document, you are eligible for a free Working With Children Check as an Encounter Youth volunteer. Find out about the process here (link opens in a PDF to view and download).
Yes, all our volunteers make a yearly ministry contribution to Encounter Youth of $50.00, to volunteer within any or all of our programs.
For Schoolies Operation volunteers this includes your official t-shirt, ID pass & GST. You have the option of purchasing a hoodie and/or an extra t-shirt at an additional cost.
For Hindley Street Program volunteers, new volunteers receive a hoodie and t-shirt included in ministry contribution. Returning volunteer can choose to purchase an extra/new hoodie or extra t-shirt at an additional cost.