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Opportunity: Sense Holidays Volunteer

Sense Holidays 2020 - Volunteer
Applications are now open for volunteering on 2020 Sense Holidays! Join us on a Sense Holiday Meet new people, try new challenges, explore new ways of communicating and visit new places – all whilst supporting disabled people to enjoy these experiences too. If this sounds like your kind of holiday, then why not join us this year!

COVID-19
As you will know, the UK is trying to do what it can to contain Coronavirus (COVID-19), and here at Sense everyone is working tirelessly to continue to provide the best support we can. Sense’s approach is based on the most up-to-date guidance from Government.

Here in the Holidays and Short Breaks Team, we have no plans to cancel any Sense Holidays or Vision England residentials in the summer.

We appreciate that this is a difficult and uncertain time for everyone and that making plans to volunteer this summer may be the last thing on your mind, but we cannot run our programmes without the support and commitment of our fantastic volunteers – which is why we need your vital contribution to our programmes more than ever!

We’re also working hard making plans to find ways of ensuring our volunteers can remotely get the checks and training to safely volunteer, and we will soon be in touch with more information about this.

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Our holidaymakers and you On Sense Holidays, groups of disabled people with complex needs - children, young people and adults - pack their bags for a jam-packed week of new activities, friendships and lots of laughs.
As a Sense Holiday volunteer, you’ll be part of a team making sure each break is the very best experience it can be for everyone involved. Whatever your background and experience you will learn something – either about a new communication method, how to break down barriers for those with additional needs, or about the value of team work. You will come away with a memory full of magical little moments and a heart full of pride in what the holidaymakers enjoyed and achieved and what you did to make that possible.
The unique contribution each volunteer makes, no matter your skills and experience, enables each and every holidaymaker to try new things and make new connections in a safe and supported environment.


Opportunity: Play Support Worker

We are looking for volunteers to spend time with, engage and inspire homeless children resident in Camden’s temporary accommodation hostels.

Our after-school-club is based in one of Camden Council’s hostels, and it provides resident children with much-needed play space, creative resources, a lending library, outdoor activities, and healthy after-school snacks. Our volunteer playworkers provide support to our professional staff by being able to give one-to-one attention to individual children in the club, whether by engaging in imaginative play or creative activities, reading with them, participating in outdoor games, or helping them attend to our kitchen garden. The also give practical help to our small staff team, helping to set up and close down the club so we can offer a high level of service to our families.

Volunteer participation enables us to have a high adult-child ratio, which means children benefit from the close engagement and encouragement in their personal and creative development from role-model adults.


Opportunity: Voluntary Basketball Assistant Coach

Our Mission: Greenhouse Sports aims to develop Social, Thinking, Emotional and Physical skills for young people in London’s most disadvantaged communities through outstanding, intensive sports programmes delivered by inspirational coaches.
How you can help: You will work alongside one of our Head Coaches to help provide extra support to the young people on our programme. As a volunteer you’ll have the opportunity to be the person who makes basketball enjoyable and accessible for these young people.


Opportunity: Children's Literacy Teacher

To teach disadvantaged children how to read using a fast proven effective method.


Opportunity: Co-Coach

We are looking for enthusiastic and committed Coaches to help run the Yes Futures Programme from September 2017 to February 2018. The Yes Futures Programme is a challenging out-of-the-classroom experience that develops young people’s confidence, resilience and life skills. It includes one-to-one coaching sessions as well as three immersive trips to dynamic workplaces, local community projects and a 3-day residential adventure!

Coaching provides a unique opportunity for young people to receive valuable, one-to-one support. As a Coach, you will be responsible for supporting up to 10 students throughout the duration of the programme, delivering one-to-one coaching sessions as well as helping with the running of all programme elements.

Coaches will be integral to the running of our programme and a key part of the growth of the organisation. We often see our volunteer Coaches going on to paid Coach roles.


Opportunity: Teaching volunteer

To support and mentor children ages from 6 to 16 years old with their English and Maths, homework, their reading skills, and help them gain self-confidence to improve their future prospects.

The programme aims to raise the aspirations of young people and adult learning in the community by providing them with the opportunity to learn and broaden their knowledge by providing one-to-one support for a child, adult and families.


Opportunity: Workshop volunteer or Local Lead

Volunteers would conduct fun and engaging one-hour workshops to train children on eye care and eye health and help them be change agents as Eye Heroes for eye health with adults in their social circles.

Volunteers have the option to become a Local Lead for Eye Heroes if there isn*t one in the area. Local Leads are our main point of contact for coordinating and communicating future workshops in a specific region. Volunteers who choose to be Local Leads will contact schools, recruit more volunteers for the workshops, and promote Eye Heroes with the local community and local partners.

The volunteer will lead the workshop using the toolkit and resources provided by Eye Heroes. The volunteer will interact and engage with the children using games, videos, role play and interactive activities. The teachers are expected to be in the classroom to provide supervision. The Lead volunteer would coordinate with the school on the logistics planning for the workshop.


Opportunity: Lauriston Lights Mentor

Lauriston Lights is a charity that targets high-ability 11 year-old children from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds. This demographic receives very little specific support from the government, so it’s up to voluntary organisations like us to help them hone their abilities. Over a two-week summer camp, we help these children find the confidence and skills to mean they thrive in secondary school and beyond.


Opportunity: Great Men Workshop Facilitator

To facilitate workshops for children in schools, aiming to tackle inequality by educating young people and encouraging them to challenge stereotypes about masculinity. The sessions aim to engage men and boys in London and surrounding areas, helping us move towards greater gender equality


Opportunity: Homework Club Volunteer – Now Recruiting for Spring Term!

On Mondays and Fridays during academic term time, we welcome a group of primary aged children and their parents, mostly from migrant and refugee backgrounds, after school to help them with their homework. We are seeking new volunteers to join our friendly group to support the children in their learning. You will sit on a table with 1-2 children and provide help with their homework, maths and English work mostly, and some reading. Volunteers choose one of these days to do on a weekly basis.


Opportunity: Unit Helper

GirlGuiding UK, as part of a worldwide movement, enables girls and young women to fulfill their potential to take an active and responsible role in society through its distinctive, stimulating and enjoyable programme of activities delivered by trained volunteers.

As a Unit Helper you will assist the Guider in the running of the unit. You will work with small groups of young people, helping to provide a safe environment for the girls and others working in the unit. You will also help in the preparation of unit records and financial records.


Opportunity: Education Assistants

To assist the running of our popular Schools Programme. In particular to deliver educational, object-handling sessions to visiting primary school classes.


Opportunity: Primary School Activities Volunteer

Volunteering at UP aims to provide children with emotional and behavioural difficulties access to a positive, supportive adult role model. Volunteers help children to identify their skills and talents and give them a chance to reach their potential. Volunteers offer children new experiences and a chance for them to have fun!


Opportunity: Volunteer Tutor

We deliver tutoring programmes, in partnership with schools, to support disadvantaged pupils across the country. Education isn’t a level playing field in the UK today, as the income of a child’s parents can directly impact their own academic attainment.

We want to change this through our tutoring support for both primary and secondary pupils - and help pupils achieve regardless of their backgrounds. We recognise how powerful tutoring can be in supporting a child academically and we believe it shouldn’t be accessed only by those who can afford it.

The way we deliver our programmes is by recruiting volunteers as our tutors. Through this activity our volunteers are able to develop a wealth of different skills (interpersonal, organisational, communication), it also provides a link between them and the youngest members of their community - empowering them to give back.


Opportunity: Mentor - Islington and Lambeth

To encourage the child to grow in self-confidence, build more positive relationships and overcome behavioural difficulties so that they can imagine a better future.


Opportunity: IntoUniversity Student Mentor

The IntoUniversity Mentoring Scheme pairs university student mentors with young people aged 10-17 from some of London’s most disadvantaged areas, giving them the opportunity to receive tailored, one-to-one support in areas including academic attainment, social skills and future planning.


Opportunity: Children's & Young People's Buddy, Tower Hamlets

Sense is running an exciting and innovative new volunteer led buddying service in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, providing 1 to 1 and/or group buddying to children and young people with disabilities. Children and young people will be supported by volunteers to access services and activities in the area that they are interested in, this could vary from play to learning to climb, to concerts or sports. Volunteers will be supported by a service coordinator and buddying assistants.


Opportunity: Volunteer Assistant Play Worker

Our Adventure Play grounds offer an open access space for children 6-15 years old to engage in self-directed play in an enriched play environment. We offer a wide range of spontaneous play opportunities from wooden structures, tree houses, rope and tyre swings, a large sandpit and water feature, climbing beams and nets. Our play space offers all children the freedom to grow, explore and create while taking measured risks along the way. Our playground is supervised by trained qualified play workers who are always available to offer support and motivate children to take initiative, explore their potential and learn new skills.


Opportunity: After-School Club Assistant

We require volunteers as After-School Club Assistants, the role involves supporting a team to prepare and run the activities of our highly successful after school club called Little Manor.


Opportunity: Volunteer Speakers Programme

To enhance young people’s awareness of and empathy with your faith or non-religious beliefs as they are lived, through school visits as part of an interfaith team.

Enable young people to meet adults from diverse backgrounds, after which they will:
Better understand their connections with people who seem different to them;
Have had their questions answered;
Be more secure in their own identities;
Have increased confidence in meeting new people from different background


Opportunity: Activities Support

Noah’s Ark provides regular Family Activities including Family Days, Parent Groups and Sibling Groups; designed to provide fun and free days out, allowing families the opportunity to meet others in similar situations and to take part in new activities in an accessible environment. Becoming an Activities Support volunteer is a serious commitment but it provides a rewarding opportunity to directly support children with life-limiting / life threatening conditions and their families.


Opportunity: Teaching Assistant

We are curently looking for enthusiastic, creative and Latin savvy volunteers to become Teaching Assistants.


Opportunity: Learning Mentor

We are looking for volunteer learning mentors to support children with their homework and revision at our hostel-based Homework Club.

Our Homework Club is based in one of Camden Council’s hostels, and it provides resident children with much-needed space and quiet away from their overcrowded family units to work and study. On top of this, our volunteer learning mentors offer one-to-one academic support to individual children, helping them with homework tasks, revision, and test preparation.

Volunteer participation enables us to offer an intensive level of learning support to the children attending the club, who face considerable disadvantage in their academic development due to the general lack of space and privacy for study that hostel life entails.


Opportunity: Volunteer School Eco-Team Coordinator

We are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help deliver our programme in schools. This commitment would see you support a school Eco-Team to take action against the climate and ecological crises. You would help plan and deliver environmental projects, for example to reduce carbon emissions or encourage wildlife and pollinators.


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