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Opportunity: Victorian Easter: Family Learning Volunteer

The Ragged School Museum puts on free, educational art and craft activities that service local and wider London families. These include painting, designing and general art exploration related to an historical topic. We require casual volunteers to assist with the running of these fun and creative educational activities. Volunteers will gain experience working with children and families and gain experience working in a heritage environment on an informal learning programme. Volunteers will have lots of fun!


Opportunity: Sense Holidays Volunteer

Join us on a Sense Holiday
Meet new people, try new challenges, explore new ways of communicating and visit new places – all whilst supporting disabled people to enjoy these experiences too. If this sounds like your kind of holiday, then why not join us this year!
Our holidaymakers and you
On Sense Holidays, groups of disabled people with complex needs - children, young people and adults - pack their bags for a jam-packed week of new activities, friendships and lots of laughs.
As a Sense Holiday volunteer, you’ll be part of a team making sure each break is the very best experience it can be for everyone involved. You’ll need to be enthusiastic, positive, open-minded and willing to be flexible. In return, you’ll have a one-of-a-kind experience. We welcome volunteers each year from a huge range of backgrounds. The unique contribution each volunteer makes, no matter your skills and experience, enables each and every holidaymaker to try new things and make new connections in a safe and supported environment.
Whatever your background and experience you will learn something – either about a new communication method, how to break down barriers for those with additional needs, or about the value of team work. You will come away with a memory full of magical little moments and a heart full of pride in what the holidaymakers enjoyed and achieved and what you did to make that possible.
Applications are now open for volunteering on 2020 Sense Holidays.


Opportunity: Workshop volunteer or Local Lead

Volunteers would conduct fun and engaging one-hour workshops to train children on eye care and eye health and help them be change agents as Eye Heroes for eye health with adults in their social circles.

Volunteers have the option to become a Local Lead for Eye Heroes if there isn*t one in the area. Local Leads are our main point of contact for coordinating and communicating future workshops in a specific region. Volunteers who choose to be Local Leads will contact schools, recruit more volunteers for the workshops, and promote Eye Heroes with the local community and local partners.

The volunteer will lead the workshop using the toolkit and resources provided by Eye Heroes. The volunteer will interact and engage with the children using games, videos, role play and interactive activities. The teachers are expected to be in the classroom to provide supervision. The Lead volunteer would coordinate with the school on the logistics planning for the workshop.


Opportunity: Sports & Outdoor Games Playworker

* Assist in the well-being of the children who use the project
* Help provide for the social, emotional, physical and recreational needs of children by establishing and maintaining a safe, creative and stimulating environment for play
* Help provide appropriate activities for children, reflecting an understanding of children*s individual needs
* Work co-cooperatively with parents/carers and the staff team to ensure the child*s needs are met


Opportunity: Children's & Young People's Buddy, Tower Hamlets

Sense is running an exciting and innovative new volunteer led buddying service in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, providing 1 to 1 and/or group buddying to children and young people with disabilities. Children and young people will be supported by volunteers to access services and activities in the area that they are interested in, this could vary from play to learning to climb, to concerts or sports. Volunteers will be supported by a service coordinator and buddying assistants.


Opportunity: Volunteer Assistant Play Worker

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.


Opportunity: Child's Reading Mentor

Help a child at your local school learn to read, booking sessions flexibly on our app!

Leaving school unable to read well affects everything from employment to well-being, but by spending 1 hour a week at your local school you can help a child, age 5-8, become confident and enjoy reading.

As a Bookmark volunteer you will work with the same child during fun and creative sessions, twice a week, throughout the 6-week programme.

On the Bookmark app you can pick where you want to volunteer and choose sessions at times that suit you. You will receive full training and chances to develop your professional skills, as well as ongoing support from your community manager.

So if you love reading, and want to help a child near you, then start a new chapter and join the Bookmark team!


Opportunity: Volunteer Outreach

Hackney Playbus are looking for outreach/chaperones volunteers to help reach the most disadvantaged family giving them access to free play services for their children aged 5 and under and an opportunity to build their confidence and create a network of support.

You will be working in pairs, going out into communities and letting residents know about the Hackney Playbus, where it is available, and encouraging them to use the free service.


Opportunity: Activities Support

Noah’s Ark provides regular Family Activities including Family Days, Parent Groups and Sibling Groups; designed to provide fun and free days out, allowing families the opportunity to meet others in similar situations and to take part in new activities in an accessible environment. Becoming an Activities Support volunteer is a serious commitment but it provides a rewarding opportunity to directly support children with life-limiting / life threatening conditions and their families.


Opportunity: Teaching Assistant

We are curently looking for enthusiastic, creative and Latin savvy volunteers to become Teaching Assistants.


Opportunity: Learning Mentor

We are looking for volunteer learning mentors to support children with their homework and revision at our hostel-based Homework Club.

Our Homework Club is based in one of Camden Council’s hostels, and it provides resident children with much-needed space and quiet away from their overcrowded family units to work and study. On top of this, our volunteer learning mentors offer one-to-one academic support to individual children, helping them with homework tasks, revision, and test preparation.

Volunteer participation enables us to offer an intensive level of learning support to the children attending the club, who face considerable disadvantage in their academic development due to the general lack of space and privacy for study that hostel life entails.


Opportunity: Volunteer Speakers Programme

To enhance young people’s awareness of and empathy with your faith or non-religious beliefs as they are lived, through school visits as part of an interfaith team.

Enable young people to meet adults from diverse backgrounds, after which they will:
Better understand their connections with people who seem different to them;
Have had their questions answered;
Be more secure in their own identities;
Have increased confidence in meeting new people from different background


Opportunity: Volunteer Playworker - Under 5*s

To help set up and run play sessions. Interact with families and children and parents and carers


Opportunity: Afterschool & Homework Clubs Volunteer

Our slogan is ‘Unity in Diversity’ that reflects the incredible range of ethnicity, language and culture of our members.
A time bank is a way for people to share skills with others in their local community and be rewarded for it; in time. For every hour of time you give providing a service for another participant, you receive one credit.
As a time bank member you give a few hours of your spare time when you want to, doing the things you enjoy. You receive the opportunity to get some help for yourself, if you need it. The satisfaction of making the quality of life better for someone else.
You can earn time credits by providing a service for another member or alternatively you can attend workshops and spend time credits for participating. You can also earn time credits if you would like to run your own workshop for the community,
We are looking for enthusiastic volunteer assistants for two homework clubs run by a local Time Bank from 4 - 7 pm on Wednesdays and Fridays during school term-time at a nearby small community centre on the Regents Park Estate.


Opportunity: Primary School Activities Volunteer

Volunteering at UP aims to provide children with emotional and behavioural difficulties access to a positive, supportive adult role model. Volunteers help children to identify their skills and talents and give them a chance to reach their potential. Volunteers offer children new experiences and a chance for them to have fun!


Opportunity: Teaching volunteer

To support and mentor children ages from 6 to 16 years old with their English and Maths, homework, their reading skills, and help them gain self-confidence to improve their future prospects.

The programme aims to raise the aspirations of young people and adult learning in the community by providing them with the opportunity to learn and broaden their knowledge by providing one-to-one support for a child, adult and families.


Opportunity: Residential children's holiday group leader

Free to Be Kids runs crucial respite breaks for inner-city London’s most disadvantaged children. Our breaks offer the opportunity for children to have fun, try new things, build their confidence and feel brave. The holidays are packed with nature and animal focused activities like kayaking down a river or den building in the forest. Without our breaks, many of these children wouldn’t have a holiday and many have never seen the sea, been to a farm or had a bedtime story. These experiences stick in the children’s minds for years afterwards and begin to help them see the world, and their place within it.


Opportunity: Volunteer Coach

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.


Opportunity: Siblings Together Volunteer

Supporting siblings to spend enjoyable contact time together and form positive relationships, Working within a team group for the day. Young people are living apart in Foster Care.


Opportunity: After School Club Volunteer– Now Recruiting for Spring Term!

From 3.30 – 5.30pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, we welcome around 10 local primary aged children for ‘After School Club’ where they can do arts and crafts activities, cooking, games, and play in a great indoor and outdoor space. The club encourages and develops children’s social and independent skills. The club is part of our delivery of child and family support services, in order that low income and vulnerable families have improved access to services, employment opportunities and life chances. Volunteers will help to welcome and encourage/support children in these activities.


Opportunity: Play Support Worker

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.


Opportunity: Volunteer School Eco-Team Coordinator

We are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help deliver our programme in schools. This commitment would see you support a school Eco-Team to take action against the climate and ecological crises. You would help plan and deliver environmental projects, for example to reduce carbon emissions or encourage wildlife and pollinators.


Opportunity: Charity Podz Partnership Support

Noah’s Ark are in the very early days of a partnership with Charity Podz, the charitable arm of a family business, Toy Podz. They have been incredibly successful with Toy Podz and have recently branched into supporting charities by supplying un-manned concessions that are branded with the charity logo and marketing message. The concessions sell licensed capsuled toys for *1 of which the charity receives 25p. They’re perfect for keeping children entertained!

We have a brilliant opportunity to raise much needed awareness and funds through this partnership.
The purpose of this role is to source and approach local businesses, organisations and venues who would be happy to have a Charity Podz concession.


Opportunity: Section Assistant

To support Beaver, Cub and Scout Sections run weekly events for Young People in inner London!


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