Getting out into the community alone is a big part of becoming more independent. Help a young person learn the route from Centre 404 to their home. Dependent on need, usually 6-7pm on a Monday, Wednesday or Thursday.

Role Travel Buddy
Hours Flexible, but usually weekly for one-two hours
Reporting to Liz Atkinson (Head of Learning and Leisure), Senior Support Workers running clubs and Volunteer Coordinator
Location From a young person’s home to Centre 404
Commitment 4 months (dependent on needs of individuals)


About the role

Some of the young people attending our after school clubs are working to gain more independence as they grow older. One of the most important aspects of this is learning about their local area and how to use public transport safely, so they can travel independently. We would like to encourage more of our young people to develop these skills so they can come to Centre 404 without their parents or our minibus service.

To prepare for the role, we’d like travel buddies to attend the same club as their buddy so you can get to know each other, and so you have a chance to shadow our staff members. After a few sessions you would start to support your buddy from their home or school to the club/from the club to their home (possibly with their parents or with a support worker at first) and then for a fixed period depending on need – e.g. 6 weeks, with the focus being on safety, road awareness and knowledge of the route.

The role also provides:

  • A chance for young people to build up social confidence
  • An extra listener and someone new to talk to
  • The foundation for a more independent life!

This role suits someone with…

  • Excellent communication skills
  • A calm and friendly approach
  • The confidence to ask questions and communicate effectively with staff members
  • Initiative


As part of your role, you will be building up a trusting relationship and eventually be working one to one with a young person. It is important you’re aware of the responsibility that comes with that. By committing to the role, you are agreeing to do the following:

  • Report any incidents – e.g. accidents, unusual behaviour.
  • Complete online safeguarding training, inductions and any other training as requested by the Volunteer Coordinator.

As a Centre 404 volunteer you will receive:

  • An induction to the role
  • Reimbursement of out of pocket travel expenses relating to your volunteer placement (up to £5 per session)
  • Ongoing support and supervision with the Volunteer Coordinator
  • Any identified training required to enable you to perform the volunteer role to the best of your ability, which will be arranged by and paid for by Centre 404
  • After 3 months as a Centre 404 volunteer, we will provide a reference if required for paid work or for other purposes
  • Protection through Centre 404’s employee liability insurance policy whilst on the premises or engaged in any work on behalf of Centre 404
  • Opportunities to meet other Centre 404 volunteers to share experiences
  • Invitation to the Centre 404 Annual General Meeting Summer Garden Party
  • Centre 404’s bi-annual newsletter

Other information:

This volunteer placement is subject to references and a DBS check. The recruitment of all volunteer placements adhere to Centre 404’s equal opportunities policy.