Young People’s Theatre Newcastle

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteering at YPT

Volunteering is time willingly given for the common good and without financial gain.

We offer a range of volunteer opportunities with purpose for past and present members of our YPT communityYPT has a long tradition of social inclusion at its heart and fosters capacity building through community connectedness.

Our philosophy of inclusion is made possible due to the work of our committed volunteers. We actively promote a culture away from maximising profits towards inclusion for all families by extending substantially lower fees than similar organisations’ in the region.   Uniquely, despite significantly high operating expenses, YPT provides performance and production opportunities for students at zero to minimal cost.

At the core of YPT volunteering is the parent commitment to assist during productions.  This commitment includes being rostered during the pre-production and production season when your child is in the cast. This may include duties such as front of house, dressing room supervision, canteen and stage door. It also includes taking responsibility for your child’s costume under the direction of the volunteer wardrobe coordinators.

In addition, YPT offers longer term volunteering roles to members of the YPT Community.  Amongst other things, our positions are attractive for those seeking to broaden their experience, make strong social connections or contribute positively to the community.

Please see our list of current volunteer opportunities on this page.

Gifts in Kind

We understand that many members are not in a position to volunteer their time and skills beyond what is required for the parent commitment required for productions. Many of these members would still like to make a significant difference to the YPT community.

Gifts in kind take many forms and can have a significant impact in achieving special outcomes.

They may include but are not limited to:

  • Equipment e.g. office equipment, televisions etc.
  • Educational resources
  • Professional services e.g. If you run a business we may well be in need of the services you offer. If you are in a position to offer those services to YPT on a pro bono or reduced fee basis, please let us know.
  • Access to venues

If you are in a position to offer a gift in kind please contact our office so we can understand your proposal and assess if we are in a position to use this support.

See what our volunteers say about the benefits of volunteering for YPT

My child loves me being there and sharing her excitement.

I was nervous to become involved in a new organisation but was overwhelmed by the friendliness and welcome I received.

I love meeting the other parents and watching how much the kids love what they do!

YPT volunteering gives me personal satisfaction that I am giving to a community organisation. It feels good to be working with an organisation that is about developing young people without a focus on profit.

We have made many long term friends and enjoy helping the new parents to get involved so that they too can get the most out of their YPT experiences.

Knowing my volunteering plays a small role towards helping young people grow in confidence as performers, teachers, mentors and technicians, gives me great personal joy and satisfaction.

Seeing the joy on the kids faces and the fun the kids have together in a show is priceless. They are creating such happy memories and being a part of helping to create those memories is why I love helping as a volunteer. It creates fantastic memories for me also!

I’ve loved seeing things that I have helped to create being utilised. The excitement of a quick change!

I have made lasting friendships and genuinely look forward to helping out.

Current Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer opportunities at YPT are available to past or current members of our YPT community.

Below you will find a list of currently available opportunities. Click on the title below for more information and position descriptions. If you are eligible to apply and wish to submit your Expression of Interest (EOI) please email

Download Position Description (PDF) for the Volunteer Catering Coordinator.

STATUS Still accepting EOI’s from our current community.

ELIGIBILITY Past or current members of our YPT community.

Download Position Description (PDF) for the Volunteer Grant Writer.

STATUS Still accepting EOI’s from our current community.

ELIGIBILITY Past or current members of our YPT community.

Download Position Description (PDF) for the Volunteer Corporate and Community Partnerships Coordinator.

STATUS Still accepting EOI’s from our current community.

ELIGIBILITY Past or current members of our YPT community.

Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much

– Helen Keller