GREEN TEAM VOLUNTEER FAQs
Yes. In order for our volunteers to receive the highest level of care and support across our programs whilst volunteering with Encounter Youth, we require them to have the endorsement by and connection to a church community. Encounter Youth is a faith based charitable organisation who mobilises volunteers from church communities so young people can encounter God through our practical service. We rely heavily on a church community’s leadership and support structures to provide the direct relief to the community, whilst also caring for the ongoing needs of our volunteers.
Yes. As we mobilise our volunteers into some challenging areas providing direct support and relief to young people you need to be 18 years old or above.
Volunteers must supply a Criminal History Document dated within the past three years 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 (previously Senior First Aid) and Child-Safe Environments are highly valued and encouraged, but are not compulsory for all volunteers – just yet.
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.
We accept any of the following documents, dated within 3 years of your participation in any Encounter Youth program:
- A National Police Certificate
- Any Department for Communities & Social Inclusion Check
- 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 need to apply for a National Police Certificate, you are eligible for a free check as an Encounter Youth volunteer. Find out the process here.
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 hoody 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.
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