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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 come and help play with and support the kids at Belmont Kids Club, our on-site after-school-club based in one of Camden Council’s hostels in Chalk Farm, NW1. The After School Club runs from the hostel’s basement, from 3.30 – 6.30pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays in term time. The Club offers play, sport and arts and crafts activities to the kids aged 12 and under, and socialising space and pastoral support to the parents, who are required to be on-site.

We are looking for committed, enthusiastic volunteers who enjoy working with children, are passionate about combatting the inequalities of childhood poverty, are interested in supporting families from a variety of religions, family circumstances and cultural backgrounds, and who are prepared to get involved with a range of practical, creative and imaginative tasks.

Role Aim: 

We are looking for volunteers to spend time with, engage and inspire homeless children resident in Camden’s temporary accommodation hostels.

Our after-school-club is based in one of Camden Council’s hostels, and it provides resident children with much-needed play space, creative resources, a lending library, outdoor activities, and healthy after-school snacks. Our volunteer playworkers provide support to our professional staff by being able to give one-to-one attention to individual children in the club, whether by engaging in imaginative play or creative activities, reading with them, participating in outdoor games, or helping them attend to our kitchen garden. The also give practical help to our small staff team, helping to set up and close down the club so we can offer a high level of service to our families.

Volunteer participation enables us to have a high adult-child ratio, which means children benefit from the close engagement and encouragement in their personal and creative development from role-model adults.

Duties: 

Volunteers will be asked to help prepare healthy snacks and refreshments for the children, and to get involved with imaginative play, arts and crafts activities, reading with the children and playing outdoor games, as-and-when required. Volunteers are also asked to help to pack away and clear up after sessions.

Skills needed: 

Interest in working with children; compassion, patience, enthusiasm, energy!

Training: 

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

Location: 
Camden Council hostel in NW1
Time commitment: 
N/A
Opening times: 
Tuesdays and Thursdays in term time. The shift runs from 3.45 - 6.15pm. 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).
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