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Solidarity Sports
When Solidarity Sports was established in 2007, we aimed to engage children in sports--a fun, accessible way to bring kids together and promote good health and wellness. Solidarity Sports has harnessed the transformative power of play to nurture disadvantaged children recovering from complex trauma. We support children's healing through sports, healthy eating, arts, educational trips, mentorship…
Description

We are a charity that harnesses the transformative power of play and exercise to help vulnerable children recover from complex trauma. Our goal is to nurture the confidence of every child we work with and develop valuable life skills to help them reach their full potential. As a volunteer in our holiday projects you will build positive relationships and play with our children in a variety of fun activities. This can be anything from bowling, skating, rock-climbing, to a museum trip! 

Our children have been through a lot in their short lives; it is vital we listen and give them a safe and fun space to express themselves. You MUST have a passion for working with children. We want to create a happy, loving environment for our children.

 

Dates: Our holiday project this Summer is running from Monday 29th July - Friday 30th August, 10am-4pm.

During this period we are going to be located in Holland’s park school for the first four weeks. Our project this summer will be Olympics themed! 

For the final week (Tuesday 27th August - Friday 30th August), we are taking the children to various activities across London, which may include anything from bouldering, bowling to visiting museums!

Location: Holland Park School, Airlie Gardens, Campden Hill Rd, London W8 7AF
For the last week, our volunteer manager Joanna will contact you with details of meeting point.

Reimbursement: Travel is reimbursed up to £15 and lunch up to £4.50 with receipts provided.

Requirements: All volunteers will be DBS checked before volunteering. We will help you obtain an enhanced DBS check for free if you haven't received one in the last three years. 

Flexibility:

This is a very flexible commitment – you can do 1 day in this week, 2 days, or all 5 days if you’re keen!

We do ask however that volunteers commit to the 10am-4pm time slot, as you will be paired with two children during this project, and if you are not able to stay for that amount of time there will not be enough volunteers to adequately supervise the children (there should be at 1 volunteer:2 children ratio at all times). 

 

During the school term we also have after school clubs running every Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday 3:30-5:30pm.

Duties

Volunteers will support children at Solidarity Sports projects during school holidays. In practice this may be running through playgrounds with our children, supporting them as they try bouldering for the first time, ice-skating, and many more fun activities. Volunteers will build a positive, trusting relationship with our children, and make them feel special and valued at all times during our projects.  

All volunteers will be DBS checked before volunteering.

Who will the volunteers be working with?
Vulnerable children in West London. 95% of our beneficiaries are referred to us by social services; many are refugees.
Training
As part of our onboarding process, we have an introductory call with our volunteers, as well as a safeguarding policy and quiz that all volunteers are required to complete. We also hold a volunteer introduction training which covers important points like how to identify and respond to signs of abuse, how to manage difficult behaviour, etc.

Time commitment

In terms of volunteering and signing up, we are very flexible, so if you can join for just one day that is absolutely fine. We completely appreciate our volunteers have other commitments so aim to be flexible, however as we work with children it's super important volunteers are punctual and turn up to days they have signed up for. 
Application deadline

This organisation is one of our community partner organisations.

Like all volunteer recruiters we work with, they have signed up to our service standards, agreeing to abide by our policy on partnership working to keep you safe and supported whilst you volunteer.

You’ll never be out of pocket for volunteering through us – with in-London travel expenses to and from your volunteering guaranteed.

In addition, the team here at Students’ Union UCL Volunteering Service is here to support you throughout your volunteering journey – you can get in touch with us at any time.