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About the organisation

KEEN London

KEEN London is a registered charity that runs free weekly sports and games sessions for children and young adults aged 5-25 (our athletes) with a wide range of disabilities including Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Down’s Syndrome, Learning Disability and Global Development Delay.

Do you want to have fun and get active?

KEEN London needs volunteer one-to-one coaches to support children with disabilities (our athletes) at free sports and games sessions in North, South and East London.

Volunteers are required to support our athletes in accessing all of the fun and games at sessions, providing motivation and giving lots of praise and encouragement.

You do not need any specialist skills or experience, but will need lots of enthusiasm and energy, as well as good communication and team-working abilities.

We offer full training and support, and a range of additional education sessions, including Autism awareness, behaviour management and session leading.

We offer regular social events for volunteers, and our weekly debriefing sessions over food and drinks are a great way to meet new friends.

Our sessions take place on Saturdays in Hackney and Vauxhall and Sundays in Tufnell Park.

You will need to complete an application form via our website and a reference is required. Once your application has been processed we will invite you to attend an induction session at our office in Hackney.

Volunteers are expected to attend at least 1 session per month for a minimum of 5 sessions.

www.keenlondon.org/volunteer

Role Aim: 

KEEN London is a registered charity that runs free weekly sports and games sessions for children and young adults aged 5-25 (our athletes) with a wide range of disabilities including Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Down’s Syndrome, Learning Disability and Global Development Delay.

Not only are our sessions tons of fun for the athletes but they also provide a much needed respite opportunity for caregivers. Every athlete is supported one-to-one by a trained volunteer coach which means that parents are able to leave their children in a secure and safe environment.

At sessions we are working to develop the athletes confidence, self-esteem, communication and level and enjoyment of physical activity.

Duties: 

During a typical KEEN London session, you can expect to meet some cool athletes and coaches, play some fun playground games, like dodgeball and rhythm detective, learn a new skill such as basketball shooting, have a boogie during musical statues and get eaten by sharks during parachute games!

We also have craft projects, specialist sports instructors and operate day trips once a term to ice skating, adventure playgrounds, theatres and more. Residential trips run twice annually and are an exciting adventure weekend away for athletes and coaches alike.

As a Volunteer Coach with KEEN London you will be providing one-to-one support for our athletes. Your role is:

* To support the athlete in accessing the fun and games on offer at the session and adapting the activity to meet their needs. Some of our athletes are very physically able but may need regularly reminding of the rules or instructions, or might just need someone to keep them focused on the task. Others may have a good understanding of the rules and instructions but need extra support with coordination e.g. rolling the ball instead of throwing it.

* To encourage the athletes and give them lots of praise. At KEEN we want to motivate all of our athletes and help them to achieve their full potential. Individual support means that every athlete can get the focus and attention they need to build their self-esteem, confidence and appreciation of physical activity.

* To get moving. You don’t need to be an Olympian or even a member of a gym! We want to show all of our athletes that you can have a great time being physically active, regardless of your level of ability.

* To have fun! Our athletes love working with energetic and enthusiastic people and we will ensure that all of your effort and hard work will be rewarded with a great time.

Skills needed: 

Volunteers do not need any specialist skills or experience, but will need lots of enthusiasm and energy, as well as good communication and team-working abilities.

We offer full training and support, and a range of additional education sessions, including Autism awareness, behaviour management and session leading.

Training: 

All new volunteers must attend an induction session. These take place on weekday evenings at our office in Hackney and give you an introduction to KEEN, our session and all of the information you need to know to be an effective coach. Volunteers are also regularly offered opportunities to attend extension training in areas such as Autism Awareness, Makaton, Behaviour Management and Session Leading.

Location: 
Tufnell Park, Camden Dalston, Hackney Vauxhall, Lambeth
Time commitment: 
3-5 hours per week
Opening times: 
Sessions take place every week during term time on: Saturday 10.30am-1pm (Vauxhall) Saturday 12.30pm-3pm (Hackney) Sunday 10.30am-1pm (Tufnell Park Sunday 1.30pm?4pm (Tufnell Park) Volunteers are expected to attend at least 1 session per month for a minimum of 5 sessions.