Building Healthy Communities

We are a youth-led charity. Could you be one of our volunteers?

FEB 2021 UPDATE: We are not currently accepting applications for the Youth Board except from applicants who identify as male, trans*, or non-binary, due to a gap in representation.

Please note that, in order to keep both Tender volunteers and staff safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, we will only be taking on virtual volunteers at present.

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Youth Board Member Volunteer [Virtual]:

To be one of our Youth Board volunteers, ask yourself the following questions:

  • Do you believe in gender equality and ending domestic abuse?
  • Are you interested in learning about relationships and arts-based projects?
  • Can you commit to at least 2 hours for Tender every month?

If the answer to these is ‘yes’, then we would love to hear from you.

Tender works first and foremost with young people, meaning our work is always varied and constantly evolving. We are therefore lucky to receive the support and guidance from our Youth Board, who meet monthly to debate, create campaigns and explore innovative ways of engaging young people.

If your application is accepted, you’ll take part in an online training session to develop your knowledge of the issue and get you up to speed on how our charity works. You will then be added to our pool of incredible volunteers and your journey as a Youth Board member can begin!

If you are interested in applying, please download and return the completed application form to brad@tender.org.uk. Please note: we are not currently accepting applications for the Youth Board, except from applicants who identify as male, trans*, or non-binary. This is due to a gap in representation.

Current Volunteer Feedback

"It was the safest space I’d been in for a while and somewhere I could speak openly and sincerely about making change. That was really inspiring."

Tilda (Current Youth Board Member)

"The Tender staff are all lovely and charismatic and other Board Members are so welcoming and enthusiastic. Everyone wants to be there, and you really feel that."

Current Youth Board Member

"If you’ve been lucky enough to find out about Tender, don’t waste the opportunity to engage...They take their youth led initiative seriously and it shows."

Tilda (Current Youth Board Member)

"The Youth Board has already helped me to develop the planning and policy skills to aid me in achieving my goal."

Current Youth Board Member

Youth Board Member Volunteer [London]:

Due to coronavirus, we are currently unable to recruit volunteers for our London-based Youth Board. We are hoping that we can rerun this volunteering programme in April 2021.

Past Volunteer Feedback

"...it has been wonderful working at Tender, its members are genuine and lovely people that care and it is such a friendly environment to be around. I’ve had a great experience."

Tobi (Past Volunteer)

"...everyone here was so kind and welcoming from the first moment I walked into the office, everyone said ‘good morning’ and they all smiled and introduced themselves to me. I couldn’t have asked for a better work experience so I thank everyone in the office for having me for four days because I have learnt a lot in a short space of time"

Yuliana (Past Volunteer)

"...the week went so quick, I had learned so much and developed a lot of skills and I can say I was very glad to have had that experience and been surrounded by such creative, supportive and friendly staff."

Rochelle (Past Volunteer)


What do we look for in a Youth Board Member?

We want volunteers from all walks of life and all backgrounds. However, we are looking for young people who:

  • are aged 16-25 and based in the UK
  • are non-judgmental
  • are able to limit their own experiences when supporting other young people
  • are passionate about supporting other young people

Whilst the first two seem obvious, the third can feel far more challenging when talking about issues that could be personal. Whilst some volunteers may have experience of relationship abuse or sexual violence, this is not a requirement to be a member of the Youth Board. We understand that discussions may be triggering and want to ensure that all volunteers feel safe and supported.

If you, or someone you know, is in need of support you can find a list of relevant services below:

What does a Youth Board Member do?

As a Youth Board member, you will have the opportunity to engage in a broad range of exciting opportunities. Each volunteer will have a different journey within Tender and yours will depend on your interests and availability.

As a minimum, we ask that all members attend our monthly meetings. These meetings take place on the first Wednesday of each month on Zoom, from 5.30 to 7.30pm, and provide a space for volunteers to;

  • Learn about the topics of domestic abuse, sexual violence and relationships
  • Influence the work Tender do to engage young people in our healthy relationship projects
  • Collaborate & Network with like-minded young people and relevant organisations
  • Develop your skills and experience in the charity sector
What do you mean by "campaigning opportunities"?

For those interested in campaigning, Tender run an additional meeting each month which focuses on developing awareness raising campaigns for young people. Some of our previous campaigns have focused on;

  • Raising awareness of sexual violence in UK universities
  • International Women’s Day
  • Raising awareness of young people’s mental health
  • Developing youth-created resources and artwork

Click here to see examples of previous Creative Campaigns.

What are some specific events previous Youth Board Members have been involved in?

Since it started, Youth Board members have:

  • Represented Tender in the media on local/national radio and television
  • Advocated for Tender at Freshers’ Fairs, fundraisers and other public events
  • Contributed their opinions as Tender Youth Ambassadors at panel-discussions, conferences and parliamentary events*
  • Taken part in incredible masterclasses from organisations, such as Galop, Tonic Theatre, GalDem and many more.
  • Trained as paid Youth Facilitators to support the delivery of our workshops with young people*
  • Gained work experience by volunteering in our office*
  • Designed Tender resources, posters and social media illustrations
  • Researched and written opinion pieces for our blog, including reviews for relevant shows and cultural events which connect Tender’s goals with our arts-based approach
  • Attained employment, within the education and arts sectors, as a result of their volunteering

*Due to our location, these opportunities are only available for volunteers based in London

What does your typical volunteer look like?

Well, just like you! Each and every one of our Youth Board members is unique and provides a different perspective to our work. What we want is to have as diverse a group of volunteers as possible, to better reflect the array of young people we work with.

We are especially looking for volunteers who are LGBTQ+, black and ethnic minorities, and young people with disabilities.

Can I be reimbursed for my expenses?

All volunteers are actively encouraged to claim back expenses, such as travel or resource costs. Tender strives to be as accessible as possible, so please don’t hesitate to contact us with any queries regarding expenses.

Where is Tender based?

Tender’s head office is based in North London, with Holloway Road as the nearest tube station. We also deliver our programmes in a variety of regions throughout the UK; you can find more information on our national work here.

Members of our London Youth Board will be required to travel to our office, once we reopen this opportunity in April 2021.

What does the application process like and how long does it usually take?

Once you submit an application, we’ll invite you to attend an information session. This will be an opportunity to learn more about Tender, our values and what we expect from our volunteers.

If you like what you hear and feel like you want to continue with your application, we’ll organise a short interview via Zoom. This will be conducted by two members of staff (sometimes a fellow Youth Board member).

Successful applicants will then be inducted to the Youth Board and will have the opportunity to take part in an online Tender training. By this point, it could have been 2 months since you submitted your initial application, so please do bear this in mind when applying…of course this all depends on your availability and how quickly the information sessions, interviews and courses get booked up.