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About the organisation

Young Hackney

Young Hackney is the Council’s Early Help and Prevention Service for all young people aged 6 – 19 or up to 25 for young people with special education needs or disabilities. Young Hackney works to ensure that all young people in the borough of Hackney enjoy their youth and have support in their transition to an independent and successful adulthood. Our goal is to help remove barriers to progression and support young people to reach their full potential. We run universal services such as youth clubs and sports & citizenship activities as well as offering advice and help to young people who need additional support, on subjects like education, employment, housing or health.

Do you love having fun with children while being active? Do you want to support children to develop their self-esteem and confidence through play?

We are looking for enthusiastic volunteer to support a team of dedicated Playworkers (staff and volunteers) with the planning and delivery of activities in Shoreditch & Hackney Marsh Adventure Playground for children 6-15 years old. The ideal candidate will be an active individual able to motivate and engage children in play activities while ensuring that they maintain their independence and have the lead in the session.

Role Aim: 

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.


Summary of Duties

• To support the planning and delivery of a range of activities for children aged -6-15 years old, e.g. sports, games, arts and crafts, cooking, den building, camp fire (as planned and agreed)

• To prepare the playground to welcome children, e.g. rope swings etc.

• To ensure health and safety and complete audit checks of the playground: check stock, equipment and material audit and ordering, site check, litter picking, basic gardening

• To develop positive relationships with children and their parent/carers while maintaining appropriate professional boundaries.

• To adhere to Health and Safety and other Young Hackney policies.

• To attend relevant to your role training and engage in supervision

What you can expect from us:

• Comprehensive induction and on the role training.

• An allocated supervisor

• Support and supervision to address your learning and development needs.

• Further training and accreditation opportunities (where relevant).

• Reimbursement of agreed travel and lunch expenses.

Skills needed: 

• An understanding and/or experience gained formally or informally in life experience of the importance of play in the development of children.

• Basic understanding of safeguarding of children and young people.

• A sense of humour, fun and adventure.

• Excellent communication and engagement skills.

• Able to develop positive relationships and maintain professional boundaries.

• Able to maintain accurate records and efficiently share information where needed.




Professional boundaries

Youth work

Health and safety

Shoreditch Adventure Playground, Mintern Street London N1 5EF Hackney Marsh Adventure Playground, Daubeney Fields, off Kingsmead Way, E9 5PP
Time commitment: 
3-5 hours per week
Opening times: 
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