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Free to Be Kids

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.

Free to Be Kids run residential programmes for young people as a well-deserved break and to fully immerse themselves in nature! Volunteers will be ensuring the young people are supported, safe, and having an amazing time in the great outdoors.

Role Aim: 

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.

Duties: 

Our volunteers work in a group together with another adult volunteer of around 5 children who they will spend most of their time with during the five day residential. This makes a little family unit and you will take the kids on activities such as swimming, going to the beach and visiting the farm. We want to make these holidays a really special time for the children who attend and rely on our volunteers to make sure the kids have lots of fun, feel brave and adventurous and make lots of positive memories they can look back on for years to come.

Skills needed: 

Enthusiasm, a good sense of humour and lots of energy! You do not need prior experience of working with children - we provide training!

Training: 

Safeguarding training, child protection training, first aid training.

Location: 
Our office is in Waterloo, London but our residential projects are usually based in the Sussex area
Time commitment: 
At least one day per week
Opening times: 
Our volunteer opportunities are all residential projects of different lengths. All of our projects are in the children’s summer holidays (July and August), Easter break and October half term. The residential holidays are on average 5 days long.

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