Youth Activities


Welcome to BRLSI Youth Activities. Our current programme of Junior Astronomer and Junior Scientist workshops have now finished for the year but we will continue to update this page when additional workshops or opportunies become available. For information, questions or queries please contact [email protected] 



Youth Activities 2019


June 2019


Saturday 29th June - Young Researchers 1:00pm - 4:00pm



July 2019


Saturday 13th July - Young Researchers Conference at the University of Bath. For more information or to attend, please contact [email protected] Everyone welcome. 




Volunteers Needed for BRLSI Youth Activities Programme 


We are looking for a team of enthusiastic, fun and committed volunteers to organise and deliver our Youth Activities programme. Volunteers must be organised, work well in a team and have good communication skills. 


Our Saturday workshop programme currently takes place every second Saturday of the month from October to June. Volunteers will need to be available for these days on a regular and ongoing basis as well as additional hours in between to meet with the rest of the team and to put together and organise a programme. 


We are looking for up to 6 volunteers to take on the following roles to manage monthly workshops and any other Youth Activities required:


1. Youth Activities Officer


Chairs the Youth Activities volunteer group and finalises an annual programme for informal and formal learning opportunities in conjunction with the rest of the group/subcommittee. Recruits appropriate Workshop Leaders, ensures risk assessments are in place and books rooms as and when required. Also coordinates and oversees the work of the Youth Activities volunteer group and its members, communicates with parents for workshops as required (including Young Researchers), is a member of the BRLSI Management Committee and attends meetings as the Chair of Youth Activities and liaises with the Programme subcommittee. 


The Youth Activities Coordinator is also responsible for the smooth and timely running of all the workshops on the day and ensures that rooms and resources are suitably set up, liaising with BRLSI staff.


2. Youth Activities Volunteer Liaison Officer


Using database, information and contacts for volunteers, the Volunteer Liaison Officer arranges Workshop Volunteers, devises a volunteer rota for all workshops and informs volunteers of their role and duties two to three weeks in advance, sending out reminders one week in advance. They will also produce a sign in list and lanyards for volunteers attending each Saturday workshop and send thank you emails and evaluations after each workshop. The Volunteer Liaison Officer is the main liaison for Workshop Volunteers and must comply with the BRLSI Data Protection policies. 


3. Youth Activities Registration and Publicity Officer 


Holds all the contact details for parents, local schools and publicity outlets and informs Bath Box Office of all workshops in advance to be added to their website. Sends out the details of each term's workshops in advance to families, schools and other publicity outlets. They will also work with other BRLSI sub-committees and volunteers to arrange for the inclusion in the BRLSI calendar, website, Bob's Bulletin and members newsletter. The Registration and Publicity Officer also collates information from Bath Box Office to create appropriate registers for Saturday workshops and is responsible for signing in and collecting and filing consent forms for each child that attends the workshops. Names of attendees are added to a secure database after each workshop. The Registration and Publicity Officer must comply with the BRLSI Data Protection policies. 


The following roles can also be doubled up with the above but are also being offered as stand-alone roles that require a monthly commitment. 


4. Evaluation Officer


Responsible for preparing and printing evaluation forms for volunteers and children for each workshop. Issues and collects evaluation forms on the day of workshops and adds the data and information to a database and keeps a record of percentages. They send the results to the Volunteer Liaison Officer for circulation to Workshop Leaders and Workshop Volunteers with thank you notes. 


5. Quality Assurance Manager


The QAM is responsible for child safeguarding, consent forms and registration on the day and ensures (in conjunction with the Volunteer Liaison Officer) that all volunteers are DBS checked (or in the process of) and a First Aid trained person(s) is available on the day. The QAM also provides the introductory health and safety briefing to all participants and volunteers before workshops start. All problems and incidents (however small) MUST be reported to the QAM. 


6. Evacuation Officer


The Evacuation Officer is responsible for aspects of fire protection and the evacuation of the workshops in the event of an emergency or fire alarm in line with the fire procedures. All attendees must attend the Assembly Point. The Evacuation Officer also assists with registration, carries the register of attendance at all times and checks children out at the end of the workshop. They are also responsible for the evacuation folder which is made available on the day. 


Full policies, procedures and instruction will be provided. A DBS check and/or valid First Aid qualification is preferable but not essential. 


Role shares are possible for larger roles. 


If you are interested in any of the volunteer roles above, please contact [email protected] for an application form and once completed, return to the BRLSI, 16 Queens Square addressed to Alice/Youth Activities or return via email. 


The deadline for all applications is Tuesday 16th July 2019 with informal interviews to follow. Please make sure you provide your contact details. 


We would be delighted to welcome you to the BRLSI and look forward to receiving your applications. 




Family Trails


BRLSI also sells illustrated self-guided family trails (for only £1 each), which have been devised by the Science Cadets group. Each trail lasts approximately one hour:

Adelard of Bath - takes you around the Norman city, which England's first Mathematician knew well
Tree Gazers Trail in Victoria Park - helps you identify a score of celebrated and, in some cases, champion trees
Geology Trail - shows you some amazing rocks brought back from all around the world and used in the building of some of Bath's notable buildings in the centre of the city
Science Trail - takes you to sites in the centre of Bath associated with famous Bath Scientists
Queen Square Park Trail - explores the history of Queen Square in the heart of Bath with you. Be inspired by the amazing variety of trees in the park, too
The trails are available at BRLSI reception, at BRLSI, 16 - 18 Queen Square, Bath, BA1 2HN.


If you want to see pictures of previous Youth Activites, BRLSI Young Researchers, BRLSI Science Cadets and Hands On workshops go to .

Please note all photographs on this site are copyright and MUST not be downloaded or used without written permission from [email protected]