We're so grateful to the 2,000 people who annually give their time, skills and energy to Young Citizens.

Without them, we couldn't continue to change the lives of young people through our work. But, we urgently need more volunteers if we are to address the chronic shortage of quality citizenship education and ensure our vision becomes a reality.

Legal professional?

Annually, we run 70 Mock Trial events all around the country. We bring local schoolchildren into courtrooms to provide a unique insight into the judicial system. As a small staff team, we rely heavily on the legal profession to help coordinate the events and service the heats at a local, regional and national level.

If you are interested in helping out at one of our events or in mentoring a team of budding advocates, check out this volunteer page for legal professionals. Fill out this form and one of the team will get back to you.

“It has been a pleasure to be part of the Mock Trial Competition. As a practising barrister with over 30 years' experience, I have found the mentoring process to be wonderfully refreshing and truly uplifting – it is one of the absolute must-do extra-curricular activities for young and old alike.” 
Dr Tony Lunny, Barrister

Prefer to go into the classroom?

No problem. We have recently launched a matching service and we would love to add you to our national database of volunteers willing to be partnered with a local school. Add your legal knowledge to our pre-prepared session materials on a range of legal topics. Volunteer when it suits you and support young people's public legal education in your community.

Register interest in our schools Legal Matching Service by filling in the form.

“It has been a really satisfying experience to have been given the privilege of making a positive contribution to the lives of these dedicated and hard-working young people.” 
Richard Gray, Barrister

Join our teacher panel

We recognise that as teachers, you are the experts in how best to engage and motivate young citizens. With this in mind, we have recently launched our Young Citizens Teacher Panel and are looking for committed teachers to share their professional views to help guide us to be the best that we can be.


As a member of the Teachers Panel you will be:

  • Asked to respond to simple questionnaires related to our work (min 3 per year)
  • Given priority access to new initiatives and projects
  • Entitled to use the term ‘Member of Young Citizens Teacher Panel’ on CVs, biographies etc.*

 Click here for full terms of reference and email your details to [email protected]

Become a citizenship resource writer

This is a voluntary role, ideally suited to former teachers with experience of teaching citizenship or related subjects. The role entails helping Young Citizens to research, write and check lesson plans, assembly kits and other resources for both primary and secondary schools. This can be locally or remotely filled and requires a commitment of 8 hours minimum per month for 6 months.

Fill in this form and we will send you more details.

Volunteer as a receptionist and administrator

This is a voluntary role based at our head office in Whitechapel. We are seeking an individual who can commit at least 1 day per week on a regular, long term basis, to look after our reception desk, answer telephone calls, and assist with administrative tasks to ensure the smooth running of our programmes.

Fill in this form and we will send you more details. 

Suggested Next Steps: