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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: 
Friday, 12 July 2019

Come and join in the fun - and help with games and activities in August! We will be running a free three week summer programme of activities for low income families and children aged 5 – 12 years old, starting on the 6 August. We are looking for energetic and enthusiastic volunteers to engage and support children in the activities.

Role Aim: 

The Cardinal Hume Centre will be offering a free programme of activities for low income families in South Westminster with primary school aged children 5-12yrs. You will be involved in delivering a vital service to local families who may have limited opportunities to engage with play and creative activities. Some families do not have a space where children can freely play, so this is a great resource and an opportunity for all to interact with new people.


• Engage and support children in the activities.

• Raising any concerns related to a family with staff.

• Helping in the preparation of meals and clearing away.

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

Skills needed: 

Skills: Team work, arts and crafts, listening

We are looking for:

• Enthusiastic and pro-active individuals who can work independently and show initiative.

• You enjoy interacting and supporting with primary school children in activities.

• Excellent of working as part of a team (desirable).

• Some experience of young children (desirable).


You will be supported by the Manager of Family Services.

Time commitment: 
At least one day per week
Opening times: 
We will run activities for three weeks in August from Tuesday to Thursday, 10:00 – 15:00; the dates are 6 – 8 August, 13 – 15 August, 20 – 22 August.

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