Volunteer - Holidays & Weekends

Work with children and young people during Easter, summer or the October break. Make a difference as you help create a temporary Christian community.

Holidays run for between 5 and 10 days, working with children from age 9 to 18, and are based at one of our own centres or camp sites, or at other residential locations. You can volunteer for one event or for get involved for longer. At every holiday we aim to give young people a superb holiday experience and provide a simple introduction to the Christian faith.

What we ask of volunteers

Each team of volunteers works under a Team Leader appointed by SU Scotland. As a volunteer team member with SU Scotland, we ask that you work within our guidelines for good working practice under the instruction of the Team Leader. This should include provision of the training, materials and support you need to carry out the task. What we ask of you is that you give yourself wholeheartedly to work with the young people in your care.

Find the right role

There are lots of different jobs to do. Some roles are very practical, such as cooking and driving; others are much more involved with the young people, leading groups, games, crafts; taking part in a whole range of activities. Whatever your gifts are, we'd love to here from you.

You need to be:

  • over 16 (if you are under 18 you will be given supervised responsibilities as a Trainee Leader)
  • available during the school holidays 
  • keen to share your faith with children and young people

Contact the volunteers department for more information, or download the forms you need to apply today!

Visit the SU Holidays website to read more about our holidays for children and young people aged 9-18. 

Motiv8 Holidays

You don't need to have had experience of working with young people from urban priority areas, although that would certainly help! What you do need is a willingness to learn; lots of energy; patience; and a heart to see children and young people from difficult backgrounds meet Jesus! 

Motiv8 Holidays are demanding physically, emotionally and spiritually!  In recognition of this, Motiv8 Holidays start with a weekend of team training, to get to know each other and get advice on how to work with more challenging young people.  The Team leader has overall responsibility to ensure that you are supported during the week, and there are daily team times for prayer, studying the Bible, and relaxing together.  

For more information on Motiv8 Holidays contact John Nonhebel.


SU Scotland Weekends are a great opportunity for young people from each part of Scotland to spend Friday evening to Sunday afternoon with volunteers from their own area. This is the opportunity to get to know each other, hear more about the gospel than is possible in a school group meeting, and enjoy activities at our residential centres. For more information, contact your local Regional Worker.


We need volunteers to help run our sites during the summer. There is a great variety of work to be done for able-bodied individuals! This is a brilliant way to be involved and will provide volunteers with a unique and challenging experience.

If you are interested in working at one of SU Scotland's own sites for a whole season, please contact the volunteers department.