Since September 2022 young people have been volunteering at Stripey Stork as part of their Duke of Edinburgh award.
Every year the Duke of Edinburgh programme inspires hundreds of thousands of young people, from all walks of life, to explore who they are, grow in confidence and develop the skills they need to successfully navigate life. There are three levels of programme you can do which, when you’ve successfully completed them, lead to a Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. The main differences between them are the minimum length of time it takes to complete them, how challenging it is and the minimum age you can start. For more information visit the Duke of Edinburgh website.
As an inclusive workspace we want to welcome a diverse range of people where everyone feels valued, and people from all backgrounds can work together effectively. This ethos complements the Duke of Edinburgh Scheme and we are proud to be able to offer volunteering opportunities for students working towards their award.
We can accommodate Bronze, Silver and Gold students who need to complete regular volunteering hours. Tasks will include sorting clothing, making up activity packs, hygiene packs and school bags, checking and cleaning equipment such as highchairs and travel cots to make sure all donated items are ready to go out to families in need. Placements will also involve group fundraising, and contributing to our research to help us develop the service we offer to teenagers needing support in Surrey.
Students are guided by one of our team of Volunteer Coordinators and some of our adult volunteers who generously give up their time to help with the sessions, sharing their knowledge of Stripey Stork’s processes to help students learn the ropes. All supervising adults are fully DBS checked, and there is always a first aid-trained member of staff on site.
Volunteering will take place at our warehouse in Reigate, with the occasional opportunity to take on extra tasks at events and seasonal activities off-site.
Parents are also welcome to volunteer at the same time as their children (either working together or separately).