Skip to the main content

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.

Are you interested in helping at residential activity camps for children and teenagers living with serious health challenges’ We offer them and their families a week of experiences that are memorable, fun, empowering, physically safe and medically sound and we need a superb group of volunteers to make the magic happen. We have a variety of exciting camp roles available. These include: Activity Leader, Team Mate, Camp Recorder (Photographer), Safeguarding Officer & Clinical Volunteer. Our camps are held at high quality locations in Scotland, the Midlands and the South of England.

Role Aim: 

Team Mates are an essential part of Camp. They help to support, guide, inspire and empower our Campers to maximise their potential and increase their confidence.

Campers will be divided into teams before they arrive based on the age groups of 8-10, 11-13, 13-15 and 15-17. As a Team Mate you will be assigned one of these teams and throughout Camp you will build amazing 1-1 relationships with your team of Campers on a daily basis.

Duties: 

Throughout Camp you will enthusiastically support Campers in a wide range of activities, including Drama, Music, Arts and Crafts, Discovery, Sports and Games, encouraging them to reflect on what they have achieved. You will also look after the day-time and night-time needs of the Campers in their accommodation.

Skills needed: 

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. Many of our volunteers have transferrable skills which enriches our Camp environment.

Training: 

Volunteers receive up to 2 days training including topics such as safeguarding, behaviour empowerment techniques, information about how to implement therapeutic recreation, along with activities designed to develop their team building skills. We also cover Over The Wall Policies and Procedures and details about the activities they will be involved in during camp.

At all camps, Over The Wall provide around 6 staff members who form the ‘staff support team’. The Support Team are on hand to offer emotional and practical support throughout camp to volunteers. Volunteers will also have a ‘Team Leader’ as part of their volunteer team who will also offer support.

Location: 
Scotland, Dorset, West Midlands
Time commitment: 
N/A
Opening times: 
All of the Over The Wall camps are residential over a range of 3 -5 nights. Our Volunteers are required to attend up to 2 nights before our Campers arrive for training, team building and preparation.
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