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About the organisation

CARIS Camden Families

CARIS Camden Families, a new project of homeless charity CARIS Camden, supports homeless families living in hostels in the Borough of Camden in central London. Our first venture is an After School Club for children aged 12 and under, living in one of Camden Council’s hostels in Chalk Farm, NW1. The After School Club runs from the hostel’s basement, from 4 – 6.30pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays in term time. We may expand to offer a third afternoon in due course. The Club offers play activities, homework support and after-school snacks to the kids, and socialising space and pastoral support to their parents, who are required to be on-site.

CARIS Camden Families is a small charity that supports homeless families living in hostels in the Borough of Camden in central London. We offer a range of play and learning opportunities to children resident in Camden hostels, to try and mitigate some of the disadvantage that comes with living in overcrowded, under-resourced and insecure accommodation.

We are looking for volunteers to help resident children with their homework at our hostel-based Homework Club on Monday afternoons from 4-6pm in NW3. At each session each volunteer will support a small number of children requiring academic assistance. The majority of children that attend are of Key Stage 1 to Key Stage 3 age, so beyond a basic competency in the core subjects, volunteers are not required to hold higher-level subject specialisms (although specialist skills are welcome!) We are mostly looking for volunteers who have patience, enthusiasm, a genuine interest in helping children to learn, and compassion for the developmental disadvantage children face when living in overcrowded accommodation.

Role Aim: 

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.

Duties: 

Each volunteer is asked to reactively help a small number of children with the homework they’ve brought with them that session. The nature of the work varies from session to session, but most of the children are of Key Stage 1 to Key Stage 3 age, so volunteers do not generally need a high level of subject specialism (although specialisms are welcome!)

Skills needed: 

Interest in supporting children’s academic development; a basic understanding (up to GCSE level) of the core academic subjects; compassion, patience, enthusiasm, energy!

Training: 

We provide an induction, a volunteer handbook and guidance and supervision on-shift.

Location: 
Camden Council Hostel in NW3
Time commitment: 
1-3 hours per week
Opening times: 
Mondays in term time. The shift runs from 4-6pm. N.B we ask volunteers to attend a minimum of one shift a month; we do not expect volunteers to attend every week (although frequent attendance is very welcome).
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