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The Kids Network

The Kids Network is a community of children and young professionals connecting through fun, friendship and hardship for positive social change.

We support children at a crucial time in their development - in the lead up to and often during the transition from primary into secondary school. We do this by providing them with a volunteer mentor, a young professional from the local community.

The Kids Network is looking for committed, fun and passionate volunteers to make a difference to the children of London. Our structured mentoring programme supports 8-11 year olds, based in Camden, at weekends with their social and emotional development before they transition into secondary school.

As a mentor, you will hold weekly one on one sessions of 1-3 hours. You will be building confidence, supporting resilience and helping your matched child to manage feelings through a series of fun and positive experiences and activities.

We create a peer to peer network with our mentors in order to build confidence in your role and share knowledge. You will also receive ongoing support from The Kid’s Network team.

Role Aim: 

Support a child during a crucial stage in their social and emotional development. Help them build confidence, support their resilience and build the tools to a happy future.

Duties: 

• Weekly 1:1 sessions of 1-3 hours.

• Build confidence and resilience in your matched child to manage feelings through a series of fun and positive experiences and activities.

• Connect with a community of mentors through peer to peer support

• Communicate regularly with The Kids Network Team

Skills needed: 

• Positivity: Embraces fun and positive thinking

• Commitment: Attends all mentoring sessions and demonstrates patience and understanding in the face of challenges

• Communication: Communicates well with young people and The Kids Network team using compassion

• Resilience: Meets challenges with optimism, seeing them as an opportunity to learn

• Professionalism: Complies with all TKN policies and procedures particularly regarding safeguarding

• Non-judgement: Demonstrates kindness and openness and does not impose personal values

• Solution focused: Offers guidance and constructive feedback with compassion and understanding

Training: 

Mentoring training

Safeguarding training

Monthly events training mentors on new activities/resources

Location: 
The Studio London NW1 9JU
Time commitment: 
1-3 hours per week. At least 12 months.
Opening times: 
Weekends and/or weekday evenings.

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