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Warrington Borough Council - Brighter Futures team - volunteering & employability

The Brighter Futures team is here to support you. If you are aged between 14 and 19 and would like support in accessing college, volunteering, mentoring, help with finding a job, building confidence, accessing training or just writing a CV then we are the team for you!

The Brighter Futures team is split into 5 main areas:-

  1. Youth volunteering
  2. Adult volunteering
  3. Learning Champion
  4. Employability
  5. Mentoring

Youth Volunteering is for any young person aged 14-19 years who is interested in volunteering, we can offer you an exciting opportunity that will increase your skills and confidence and give you that all important experience that will prepare you for college or future employment.   All training and required CRB checks are funded by Warrington Borough Council.   Expenses will be paid.

Adult Volunteering is open to anyone aged volunteer within children’s and young people services.  We can support you in accessing a wide range of volunteering opportunities including helping in play sessions at the children’s centres, administration and reception duties, maintenance and gardening roles.  We will support and guide you throughout your volunteering journey and will recognise your contributions.  

Learning Champion: offers advice, guidance and ongoing support to those wishing to get back into learning, volunteering training and employment.  Examples of support offered can include, re-taking your Math’s & English qualification, advocacy whilst applying to Warrington or St Helens College, support with writing or updating a CV, job searches, application support and interview preparation, access to children’s centre courses, 1:1 appointments and also support accessing free crèche and childcare advice. 

Employability: Our employability worker works with people who are claiming a workforce benefit, Job Seekers Allowance, Income Support, Employment Support Allowance or Incapacity benefit.  Our worker can support you on a 1:1 basis and work closely with you preparing you for employment, CV support, job searches, interview preparation, and also possible funding to support you into a job role, such as a bus pass, it is dependant on each individuals needs. 

Mentoring:  Mentor Me Project offers support to young people aged 14/24 years of age who are not in education or working and who might be finding it difficult to get where they want to be.  If you would like the support of a mentor, please contact us on the number below. 

If you are also interested in becoming a Volunteer Mentor via the Mentor Me Project, we are able to offer full training including NVQ level 2 in Mentoring & the full support and supervision from our Mentor Coordinator.   If you are interested please contact us on the number below. 

Independent Me

Independent Me is a new mentoring project from the Brighter Futures Team that aims to improve the independent living skills of young people aged 16-24 years who are struggling to cope with their tenancy

Once referred,  young people will work intensively with their mentor for between 6-8 weeks, choosing to focusing on two or three of the areas below:

  • Finances Budget planning, debt advice, housing support, bank accounts, JCP appointments, benefits
  • Healthy Life styles Healthy meals, planning shopping, doctors & dentists, local gym & fitness classes
  • Local area Using public transport, joining local library, what’s on in your areas for you
  • Work & training Job search, creating CV and covering letters, interview preparation, college & training support

We have identified these areas as having the biggest impact on the young person’s ability to live independently, achieve emotional wellbeing and progress to education, employment or training.

Once the intensive mentoring has been completed, mentees will have the option of continued support through the award winning Mentor Me project creating a long term stable support network that will embed the changes made during Independent Me.


Who to contact

Contact Name
Carole Williams
01925 442440

Where to go

Orford Youth Base
Capesthorne Road

Time / date details

When is it on
Office hours - Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm

Other details


Expenses will be paid


Age ranges
Ages 14 years+
Referral details

Please complete the referral form attached or you can access the service by dropping in to Orford Youth Base and asking to see a member of the Brighter Futures Team, calling or emailing us or by referral.

It may be 3 weeks before a volunteer officer will be able to meet face to face due to workload.

Local Offer


The purpose of the Brighter Futures employability and volunteer team is to contribute to the economic wellbeing of the people of Warrington by:

  • Supporting and developing the experience of young people and adults, to ensure they improve their skills and can progress to further education or enhance their employability
  • The team offer a range of services and opportunities for adults and young people aged 14+ and can be split into 6 distinct areas that are
  • Adult volunteering for those ages 19 years and over within children & young people’s services
  • Youth Volunteering for those aged 14 to 19 years
  • Learning Champion for parents identified through the PFSY division to access adult education provision
  • Mentoring for young people aged 15-19 years who are not in education, employment or training (NEET)
  • Employability focused support for families with complex needs
  • The delivery of  accredited training programmes

The services offered are delivered from a range of settings across the Borough from children centres to youth cafes to ensure that all who are interested have a safe and welcoming environment to achieve their desired goals. Some of the services are delivered in partnership with other agencies such as the Employability focused support that is funded by the European Social Fund and delivered on contract by Work Solutions. There are also commissioned services that the team deliver such as the mentoring project for NEET young people and Xpand project for young people who are or who are at risk of being NEET’s.

We offer volunteering placements at a range of venues across the borough and cannot guarantee that they are all DDA accessible.

Staff are trained in a range of communication methods, access to staff skills will be matched to individual requirements.

Contact Name
Matthew Pilling
Contact Telephone
01925 851029
Contact Email
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