Newham KidsTime Workshop Volunteer

Application deadline: 14th June 2022
Time Commitment: Commit to attending monthly after-school sessions lasting
approximately four hours each.
Location: Sessions will take place at the International Praise Centre, 72 Katrine Road, E6 1EN
Reporting to: Fawn Bess-Leith, KidsTime Workshop Coordinator

Purpose of role

We are looking for volunteers to support the delivery of KidsTime Workshops which will take place monthly [3rd Tuesday of every month].  Workshops will be attended by up to 15 families affected by parental mental illness. Volunteers will support the project team to deliver the workshops and will be involved in welcoming families, setting up and facilitating group activities, and general administrative duties such as ordering food and setting up filming equipment. 

Benefits

Volunteers will gain experience in facilitating groups for families affected by mental illness. Depending on the interest and experience of the volunteer, the role can include supporting the drama facilitator in running drama and creative activities with the children or supporting the mental health lead in running the parent group.

Travel expenses and food are provided.

Responsibilities

  • To attend 11 KidsTime Workshops over a 12-month period, plus training and follow up meeting with the KidsTime Workshop team at the start and end of the project. 
  • To support the KidsTime Workshop team to prepare for and deliver sessions. Tasks will vary but will include setting up the room and filming equipment, welcoming families, participating in group discussion and creative activities, and ordering food.  
  • To complete online Safeguarding Children Level 2 training organised by Our Time and report any safeguarding concerns that arise during workshops immediately to the Safeguarding Lead. 
  • To complete an enhanced DBS form which can be organised by Our Time.
  • To read and abide by all Our Time policies and procedures.

Training and support

Volunteering as a KidsTime Workshop is a great way to develop new skills and learn a variety of techniques for engaging with and supporting children and families. Volunteers will receive training and will be given guidance and support during and after sessions.

Application process

  • Please submit a CV and a cover letter telling us in up to 500 words why you would like to volunteer at Newham Kids Time Workshop. Please include information about your skills and experience, what you hope to gain from volunteering and your motivation for applying.  
  • Email CV and cover letter to: fawn.bess-leith@ourtime.org.uk
  • Successful applicants will be invited to an informal interview. 

Please note:

  • Volunteers will be asked to provide two references
  • All volunteers must be aged 18 or over