Volunteer with us

Inspire Youth Zone is proud to be inclusive of all abilities. We really believe in the value and power of volunteering. Our volunteers are integral to our success and truly are part of the team. They are at the heart of what we offer to young people – that’s why a culture of volunteering and an enhanced volunteering programme has been embedded into Inspire since we opened.

Our passionate volunteers generously give their time to support and make a positive difference to the lives of young people across the country. The diversity of their backgrounds means they bring a wide range of skills, experiences, ability and interests.

Whether it is working one to one with a young person or delivering an inclusive cooking session, you will help all young people develop the social and life skills they need to be an independent and confident person.

  • Supportive and patient
  • Creative and fun in the activities you are involved with and/or plan
  • Friendly and approachable
  • A willingness to join in with the activities
  • A good motivator (getting young people involved)
  • Ability to adapt ideas

For more information on Volunteering, check out the various volunteering roles we have available and complete our volunteer application form.

We also recruit Young Leaders aged 15 to 18 from our membership of young people to support on our Junior Club and Holiday Club sessions. To learn more, click here!

Whilst you’ll want to make a real difference when you volunteer, it’s not just about what you can do for others. Read our Volunteering Policy here.

Here are some of the things that volunteering can do for you:


Time Bank recently did a survey of some of the UK’s leading businesses and 73%* said they’d employ someone who’s volunteered over someone who hasn’t.


You’ll probably meet people from different cultures and backgrounds that you might not normally. Volunteering with people who are as passionate about improving the opportunities for you people, as you are, is a great way to meet like-minded people.


It’s a great way to get a reference and fill gaps in your work experience. You can also try out different types of work to get a taster – which can really help you if you’re looking for a job or want to change direction.


You’ll learn and do things that you might not normally get the chance to – this can be a real confidence boost.

I have been a volunteer at Inspire since it opened in May 2018.
Being a youth worker at Inspire, there are always numerous, constantly developing stories at play at any one time and it can take quite a bit of concentration to keep up with the fastest moving stories!
It is rewarding, thought-provoking and challenging. The most fascinating, and rewarding aspect, is realising how YOU can influence each session (or episode) and sometimes the longer-term development of each young person.


Matt Hirst is the CEO of leading energy technology provider ESG with over 700 staff and operations in the USA, Canada and the UK. ESG’s UK headquarters are based in Chorley, Lancashire.


ESG empowers global leaders in energy to deliver on the future promise of energy through its SAAS solutions for Customer and Market Data Management and Smart Metering. Matt has a background in Sales and Marketing and led a MBO of UK company Utiligroup in 2014 before it was acquired by ESG in 2017 and has been with the business for 24 years. Matt won an EY Entrepreneur of the Year award in 2016 as well as being a judge in 2018 and in 2017 his team was awarded the UK Regional and National Mid Market Management Team of the Year awards by the BVCA. Matt holds a BSc (Hons) degree from The University of Salford and a MBA from Lancaster University.

Ryan powell

head of operations

Hi, I’m Ryan and I’m the Head of Operations at Inspire Youth Zone.

Email: ryan.powell@inspireyouthzone.org