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About the organisation

Over the Wall

Over The Wall provides free of charge residential activity camps to children and young people aged 8-17 affected by serious illness and their families. We give seriously ill children and their families a week of experiences that are memorable, fun, empowering, physically safe and medically sound- but we require a superb group of Volunteers to make the magic happen.

Application deadline: 

Change the lives of children affected by serious illness and their families.

Over The Wall is a national charity that runs camps for seriously ill children. We provide a bit of respite for children whose lives are filled with hospital visits and medication. We rely on our volunteers to help our campers relax and discover they can achieve things they didn’t think they were capable of.

We have a range of roles available so whether you’re interested in games, arts & crafts, music, drama, the environment, photography, or just having fun working with children then we have an opportunity for you.

Our Volunteers stay with us for the duration of camp for around one week depending on which camp you choose. The camps are predominantly at Blandford in Dorset, Staffordshire and Perth in Scotland.

Role Aim: 

Over The Wall is a national UK children’s charity and a member of the international SeriousFun Children’s Network. We provide free of charge Therapeutic Recreation camps to help children with life-limiting illnesses and their families, reach beyond the perceived limitations of illness to rediscover a whole new world of possibilities. Through participation in a proven programme of fun-filled recreational and educational activities, our camps help promote inclusion whilst developing the confidence, self-esteem, coping strategies and peer relationships of all our campers.

We give children one glorious week of experiences that are memorable, exciting, fun and empowering, in a physically safe and medically sound environment.

Our volunteers make all this possible.

Duties: 

There are a variety of roles that you can apply for at Camp:

Activity Leader: For those with specific interest and/or skills in music, drama, games, sports, arts and crafts there are opportunities to help lead a specific activity at camp.

Team Mate: Team Mates support Campers throughout their time at Camp, building fantastic 1:1 relationships whilst encouraging, inspiring and empowering Campers as they complete Camp activities.

Camp Recorder (Photographer): The role of the Camp Recorder is to capture the fun of Camp and the achievements of all our Campers. They are keen amateur photographers.

Safeguarding Officer: Suitable for those trained and experienced in safeguarding, this role helps us create the safest possible environment for our Campers.

It is not mandatory to have had experience working with children and young people; we are looking for volunteers with a diverse range of skills and personality.

Skills needed: 

We’re looking for those with a real enthusiasm for changing the lives of seriously ill children. Someone who can help provide some professional playfulness and empowerment for children whose lives are usually full of hospital apppointments and a lack of control. If you have an interest in games, music, arts and crafts, photography or the environment then you will be excellent as an Activity Leader as well.

Training: 

All volunteers arrive at camp the day before campers in order to receive training, particularly based around Therapeutic Recreation, Safeguarding and they will also receive a briefing from our Medical Team. Activity leaders also receive training specific to their activity.

Location: 
Our camps are spread throughout the UK but are predominantly based in Blandford, Dorset; Lichfield, Staffordshire and Perth in Scotland.
Time commitment: 
At least one day per week
Opening times: 
It is a 'heavy' commitment only because our Volunteer opportunies take place at a week-long residential activity camp. Volunteers will be required for 8-9 days for one residential activity which is the camp placement. Camp dates are available and shown as part of the application form, but they are spread throughout the year, predominantly through the summer holidays.
Once you’ve registered interest in this volunteering role, we’ll send your name and UCL email address to the organisation for their records. You’ll also receive information about the next steps to take if you do wish to take things forward. The organisation has signed up to our code of standards, which includes a commitment to protecting your data. We won’t share your information with anyone unless you’ve given explicit consent to. We’ll also retain your details so we can follow up to see how you’re getting on with your volunteering and offer support if necessary. We take good care of your data – you can see full details here