Futuremakers provide opportunities for young people to get world-ready and work-ready! We help 18-24 year olds get into paid work placements. Learn more.
UK YEAR OF SERVICE
Our pilot programme has already helped provide over 300 paid placements, ranging from nine to twelve months in organisations that specifically help drive social change in local communities.
WHAT IS UK YEAR OF SERVICE?
UK Year of Service is your way to engage in community work, make a positive impact in society, get world-ready and work-ready...and get paid for it! Doing good can be more than just a hobby, it can be your career.
As a UK Year of Service member, you’ll take part in a paid work placement, working 30-35 hours per week, for nine to twelve months, in your local community. Alongside your placement, you’ll get to take part in lots of different services and opportunities, like volunteering, networking and one-on-one support.
WHAT KIND OF WORK CAN I DO?
There are loads of different types of opportunities available through UK Year of Service, as our partner organisations are all over the country.
You could be a Community Development Worker, an Emergency Response Assistant, work within conservation and biodiversity, support adults with learning difficulties, support students in a school, or give digital coaching within communities. The opportunities are endless!
Check out where our 300+ members have been placed so far.
Acacia Training is a Good Ofsted graded education provider, who specialise in the health and well-being sector. Their UK Year of Service programme focuses on training, qualifications, support, and providing people with placements in the social care sector.
BRITISH RED CROSS
The British Red Cross has been helping millions of people in the UK and around the world get the support they need when a crisis strikes. Their focus is on climate change, community resilience, and Ukraine response support.
Catch22 is a not for profit business with a social mission to build resilience and aspiration in people and communities. Their vision is a strong society where everyone has a strong community around them, a purpose in life, and a safe place to live. Last year they supported more than 120,000 people across their employability, justice, education, and young people and families services
CITY YEAR UK
City Year UK is a youth and education charity which empowers 18 to 25-year-olds, from all backgrounds, to tackle educational inequality through an academic year placement in schools.
DORSET YOUTH ASSOCIATION
Dorset Youth Association aims to improve the quality of life for children and young people in Dorset. They do this through volunteering projects, national and international expeditions, emotional and practical support to help young people remain in or further their education, helping them find work opportunities, promoting equal opportunities and diversity, and providing support and inspiration to help young people raise their aspirations.
The EFL Trust is the charitable arm of the English Football League (EFL), whose vision is to create stronger, healthier, and more active communities. They use the power of the Club badge to reach into their communities and deliver a wide range of initiatives, focusing on improving health and wellbeing, raising aspirations and realising potential, and building stronger, more cohesive communities.
Groundwork is a federation of charities mobilising practical community action on poverty and the environment across the UK. They work with a number of community-based Groundwork Trusts, including Groundwork Greater Manchester and Groundwork North East to bring opportunities into Rochdale, Tameside, Manchester, and Northumberland.
JEWISH LADS’ AND GIRLS’ BRIGADE
For the last 125 years, JLGB has been offering essential life skills and experiences to help young Jewish people transition from empowered youth to engaged young adults. They believe young people are a powerful force for positive change and offer training and development to help them reach their future potential and play an active part in British society.
MUSLIM CHARITIES FORUM
Muslim Charities Forum is the UK network for British Muslim charities working for social good in the UK and abroad, aiming to collectively build a more accountable, transparent and efficient British Muslim charitable sector.
THE CONSERVATION VOLUNTEERS
The Conservation Volunteers bring people together to create, improve, and care for green spaces - from local parks, community gardens and local nature reserves, to school grounds, waterways, wetlands and woodlands
THE GROWTH COMPANY
The Growth Company is a not-for-profit organisation based in Manchester which is dedicated to providing developmental services and programmes which benefit the people who take part in them, and the communities in which they live. The organisation has a wealth of experience in supporting young people into rewarding careers, and they work closely with local and national partners to provide interesting and rewarding opportunities.
Volunteering Matters brings people together through volunteering to tackle some of society’s most complex issues. They turn local knowledge and energy into action and progress, building stronger communities and a better future for all.
WHY PEOPLE LOVE UK YEAR OF SERVICE…
“I have really loved seeing people develop and change in a way that is aspirational to them. The colleagues, managers, and service users I work with are amazing and inspire me every day.” - Georgina, Youth Development Worker
“Getting to share my love of learning with students and being in classrooms again, gaining such a wide breadth of knowledge, and then trying to make it click with students is very rewarding.” - Bali, School Service Leader
“I have gained so much confidence in myself over the months as I have been supported by an excellent team. It has provided me with a greater understanding of what I want to do in the future and has shown me to ignore my self-doubt” - Ashleigh, Clothing Project Assistant
“NCS has provided training and brilliant events to connect and meet others on the scheme. In terms of the role, NCS offered the perfect role for me personally, as the description was open, meaning I could follow my interests and incorporate them into my job role.” Luc, Youth Engagement Connector
HOW DO I GET INVOLVED?
Applications for our current UK Year of Service programme are now closed. Please check back later in the year.
If you have any questions about our Futuremakers experiences, email our dedicated Futuremakers team at firstname.lastname@example.org who will get back to you ASAP.