We are looking for warm, friendly volunteers to help with translation between English and a variety of languages, at YMCA Doncaster.

We are looking for translators to support with the translation of English to the following languages; Arabic, Fula, Kurdish Sorani, Pashto and Farsi.

We work with young people from the age of 18 to 30 years old, and your support would be needed in Support Assessments, Housing Assessments and Support Sessions. These meetings would be conducted with yourself, the client and one or two YMCA Doncaster’s employees.

Joining us as a volunteer will involve attending the above sessions at pre-agreed dates and times. These sessions will typically take place Monday & Tuesday during the hours of 12:00 and 18:00 but times and dates can vary to accommodate the clients.

Having regular volunteers will mean that we can ensure consistency for the vulnerable young people in our accommodation and youth support programmes.


We think that this opportunity would be great for people with an interest in using their language skills in a formal and informal meeting environment to support our clients who are often new to Doncaster and new to the UK.

Your Role

  • To assist young people with taking part in Support Assessments as part of their application for Accommodation. 
  • To assist young people with taking part in Housing Assessments as part of their application for Accommodation. 
  • To deal with difficulties, including potential challenging behaviour in sessions. 
  • To welcome and escort participants to their sessions.
  • To assist young people with taking part in support sessions once they have been accommodated at YMCA Doncaster. 
  • To develop appropriate professionalism and boundaries, and maintain those at all times. 
  • To carry out other translation-related tasks as required.

Qualities We’re Looking For

  • Able to work with young people between the ages of 18 and 30.
  • Able to support the person leading each session.
  • Confidence, enthusiasm and a professional attitude.
  • Able to speak English and either Arabic, Fula, Kurdish Sorani, Pashto or Farsi fluently.
  • Able to work within a framework of confidentiality and keep information within the confines of the role.
  • Able to work within YMCA Doncaster’s policies and procedures.

A DBS check will be required for this position (YMCA will pay for this), and we will ask you to provide details of at least one referee. 

To Volunteer 

Please click here or on the orange button below to tell us about yourself on our Volunteering Application.