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Markfield Project

Markfield exists to promote social inclusion, rights and independence of Disabled children and their families. We do this through provision of after school, weekend and holiday activities for Disabled children, their siblings and parents, together with a Family Support Service which provides both group and individualised support.

Time to play! We are looking for some great volunteers who can dedicate a minimum of one week to help at Markfield’s summer playscheme for children with disabilities.

We have a fantastic, wild adventure playground and indoor play facilities on site. Typically a playscheme can include: soft play, ball games (we have a goal and a basketball hoop); adventure play; zip wire; junk modelling; cooking; art & craft; building bonfires; den-making; water fights and lots more.

Different kids attend each week, so we need volunteers to commit to full week(s) rather than a couple of days each week, as you need to build relationships with the children..

Many of our service users have autistic spectrum disorder: others might have a range of cognitive, developmental, behaviour or physical difficulties.

This opportunity would be great for anyone considering a career in social care or policy - or who just enjoys playing!

Role Aim: 

To support play staff on holiday playschemes for disabled children and young people aged 7 - 18 (different age & client groups for each week) . Volunteers will work alongside staff in devising inclusive play and leisure activities within our premises. Most of our users have learning disabilities, including ASD, ADHD; several have behaviours which are considered challenging. Volunteers can provide some additional 1:1 attention for some children and support them to make positive choices explore fun leisure opportunities.

Duties: 

1. To help set up and clear away activities

2. To support children’s participation and enjoyment of play

Skills needed: 

Qualities: Patience, humour, flexibility, RELIABILITY, and a genuine interest in inclusive practice for disabled children.

Skills& experience: Ideally some experience of working with children and/or disability, but this is not essential. Anyone with a particular skill or interest in art & craft, sporty activities, music would be very welcome, but again, this is not essential. Listening and communication skills are important.

Training: 

Playworker training, will include safeguarding and managing behaviour. Dates TBA, likely to be 1 - 2 full days in mid July

People wishing to volunteer at half terms or easter will need to attend other induction, as Playworker training is put on only for the summer scheme.

Location: 
Markfield Road London N15 4RB
Time commitment: 
At least one day per week
Opening times: 
Monday - Friday 9.30am - 3.30pm, for one full week at specific holiday dates. for this role we need volunteers for specific school holiday dates, so if they apply now it's 1-3 months, but we run playschemes every holiday except Christmas