The Ayr Ark

Charity registered in Scotland SC035832

The Ayr Ark works towards three main aims:
• Engaging with young people by running events and activities which address a variety of practical needs for young people whilst working in partnership with local organisation.
• Equipping young people with the knowledge and understanding needed for building and developing their own life-skills and self-confidence in a supported environment.
• Empowering young people with the experience and confidence to make wise and safe lifestyle choices and to take hold of a more positive future for themselves.


Current opportunities

The opportunity is for vibrant people who enjoy all that entails working with young people of various backgrounds and for those who are looking for experience within this area. Volunteers will assist with the running of after school activities, helping with the set-up, and pack down, as well as running holiday activities. Volunteers should be flexible as all activities will take place during evenings and school holidays. If you’re interested in volunteering with us, get in touch to find out how you can get involved. Student Placements Looking to get experience in a youth work setting? We are open to working with students who are required to do a work placement as part of a Youth Work related degree. We have a partnership with UWS, speak to your programme leader or get in touch with us to find out more. Why should I volunteer with the Ayr Ark? Opportunity to gain a youth qualification Develop employability skills and work experience. Training opportunities Meet new people. Experience required. We are looking for vibrant people who enjoy all that entails working with young people of various backgrounds. Travel details The organization covers volunteer travel expenses – please ask if needed. FRIDAY YOUTHWORK TEAM – VOLUNTEERING This opportunity is for vibrant people who enjoy all that is involved with working with young people of various backgrounds. The Ayr Ark is open to young people on Friday evenings from 6:30-9:00pm. Volunteers are required to help from 6:00pm-9:15pm, this will involve both set up and pack down. Some of the responsibilities include, handling money and use of our till, serving drinks and snacks at the bar, engaging with young people through conversation and/or games, and being a role model to our young people. Volunteer roles are rotated to different areas within the building throughout the night, to allow you to gain more skills and qualities. Why should I volunteer with the Ayr Ark? · Opportunity to gain a youth experience. · Develop employability skills and work experience. · Training opportunities. · Meet new people. · Volunteer team building days and activities. One of our volunteers, started coming to the Ayr Ark at the age of 13 and went on to become a part of our volunteer group. Erin recently left us to start UNI but when asked about her experience as a volunteer she said: “I’ve made friends for life here and gained skills and real life experience I never thought possible, and it helped me grow as a person” – Erin Cran, Volunteer.

The opportunity is for vibrant people who enjoy all that entails working with young people of various backgrounds and for those who are looking for experience within events. Volunteers will assist with the running of events and activities, helping with the set-up, social media and marketing of the events, as well as running activities all day. Volunteers should be flexible as events and activities will take place during weekends and evenings. If your interested in volunteering with us, get in touch to find out how you can get involved. Student Placements Looking to get experience in a youth work setting? We are open to working with students who require to do a work placement as part of a Youth Work related degree. We have a partnership with UWS, speak to your programme leader or get in touch with us to find out more. Why should I volunteer with the Ayr Ark? Opportunity to gain a youth qualification Develop employability skills and work experience. Training opportunities Meet new people Volunteer team building days and activities ​