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About the organisation

Cardinal Hume Centre

For more than 30 years, the Cardinal Hume Centre has helped people overcome poverty and the threat of homelessness. We work with individuals and families of all ages, from all backgrounds. We are supported by more than 100 regular volunteers who work in different roles across the Centre and play an integral part in all that we do. We are based in the heart of Westminster – a vibrant London borough which also has areas of extreme poverty, an acute shortage of housing, and the highest number of rough sleepers and hidden homelessness in the UK. Our staff and volunteers work in six key areas: advice and assessment; family and young people’s services; housing and welfare rights advice and advocacy; learning and employment services; immigration advice and representation; and residential services for homeless young people.

Application deadline: 
Saturday, 30 November 2019

Every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 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. Volunteers will make the children feel welcome and have a good time!

Role Aim: 

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 help to welcome and encourage/support children in activities.


Volunteers help to welcome the children and encourage and support children in the activities. Any activities ideas or skills/talents you would like share are welcome! You will be:

• Welcoming the children on arrival

• Encourage/participate in their chosen activity if needed

• Help with setting up and clearing away

• If interested, work with the team in planning and delivering the learning activities of the children and families or suggest an activity you would like to lead on

• Raise concerns related to the children/family with staff

• Be aware of children’s safety and potential risks at all times

Skills needed: 

What are we looking for?

• You are friendly, enthusiastic and enjoy interacting with primary aged children.

• You have an interest in helping them learn.

• You are reliable.

• You have good spoken English – at least Entry level 3.

• You work well in a team.


You will have access to wide range of e-learning topics. Child safeguarding and fire safety awareness is mandatory for all new volunteers.

Westminster, London
Time commitment: 
1-3 hours per week
Opening times: 
One afternoon a week, on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday, 15:30 – 17:30, for one academic term.

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