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About the organisation

Solidarity Sports

We believe in the transformative power of play.

Through our work in West London, we have seen hundreds of children from disadvantaged backgrounds, or those that have experienced trauma, become a part of our family through our wide and varied activities, which offer something for everyone.

Established in 2007, we first focused on sports, but since then we’ve added healthy eating initiatives, arts activities, educational group trips, mentorship programmes, and holidays in the UK and abroad.

What binds these programmes is a commitment to creating a safe, open-minded, inclusive and loving environment, where we can play together and happy memories are made.

Volunteer with a fun organisation which prides itself on compassion and empathy. There are no admin tasks involved, the environment is very ‘feel good’. This is the perfect way to take your mind off stressful exams, take a break from the library and be in the sun, giving disadvantaged children new memories which will last a lifetime. There is no time commitment involved - want to join as a one off and see how it goes’ No problem! Get in touch today!

Role Aim: 

We work with very vulnerable children who have often not had any love or affection from adults in their lives. We exist to build the confidence of these children who have experienced so much in their short lives. The aim is to pair up our children with supporting adults who they can open up to and share new experiences with.

Duties: 

Volunteers will be paired up with a child/children and will be responsible for making sure they are safe and happy during our trips. Trips include trampoline parks, fun fairs, theme parks, stadium tours, cooking classes and more! They will play games with our children, enquire about their day/school/interests and ‘befriend’ the children. The children that we work with come from extremely vulnerable backgrounds. Many of them have been subject to emotional, verbal, sexual and physical abuse. They often distrust adults. We aim to create an environment where our children feel comfortable opening up to our volunteers - they view them as role models. We therefore ask all volunteers to act professionally and responsibly.

Skills needed: 

We have no requirements/experience for this role. We ask that all volunteers be enthusiastic and have a passion for working with children.

Training: 

We have an inhouse training course with practical tips on how to manage difficult behaviour and an understanding of child safeguarding. We will contact volunteers when the training days will be. They take place during July and November.

Location: 
21A Cheniston Gardens London W8 6TG
Time commitment: 
3-5 hours per week
Opening times: 
During school holidays: Monday – Friday During term time: Saturday Timings vary according to each trip. All trips are approx. 10am-4pm Upcoming Project is Easter: 8th – 19th April Excl Weekends

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