Volunteer with Converge
York St John University students can volunteer with Converge as participants or in a leadership role.
The success of Converge relies on the involvement of York St John University students.
There are 3 main ways in which a student can get involved in Converge:
As a student participant
Model ideal student behaviour by taking part in the workshop alongside Converge Students as a community of learners.
This includes fully participating in all of the activities, being attentive, supporting Converge Students to engage fully in the session, supporting the tutor where needed, and being a friendly and approachable person. This role may also involve providing individual support.
As a co-facilitator
Use the skills you are learning on your undergraduate or postgraduate degreeto co-facilitate one of our courses.
These have often been used as placements or assessment moments for York St John students. You will be able to work with a course, alongside a tutor, and build up to you facilitating part of the course. For example, if you are on the Drama: Education and Community BA (Hons) then you might consider transferring those skills by facilitating part of our Introduction to Theatre Course. This can work in all of our courses.
As a workshop facilitator
Take charge of running and planning one or more sessions.
If you have a particular skill that you feel you could teach over a 4 to 10 week period, let us know and we can discuss the possibility of you running your own course for us.
Hannah Occupational Therapy, 2020 graduate
Volunteering has shown me that this is an area I would like to work in future and has given me direction. I have felt more part of the York community as it has got me out experiencing a different area of York and I have got to know more people. The volunteering led to a summer internship with another organisation where I gained experience in a research project in the community. I believe this volunteer work has been an important part of my degree as it has made me more passionate about the subject I study and finding ways to be creative with helping people.
Hollymay Coaching, Counselling and Mentoring, 2020 graduate
I feel that because of working with Converge I have been able to achieve a sense of worth. There has been no better feeling than to come out of a class knowing that you have been able to help somebody in one form or another. Whether it be helping them stimulate ideas or praising them for their effort in class it has made me feel a sense pride as I aimed to make them feel that all their ideas and opinions were valued.