Learning Support Volunteer

Children and young people | Children | Education and literacy | Culture, heritage and events | Heritage | People and communities | Faith based

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Location: Willesden Jewish Cemetery, Beaconsfield Road, London, NW10 2JE (see map)

Travel: Dollis Hill station. Meyrick Road bus stop.

Start date: Ongoing

What will I be doing?

  • Learning support volunteers will support sessions for schools delivered in school classrooms and at the cemetery. These facilitated sessions will help children to connect with and learn from the heritage of the site. The role will be varied, including delivering outreach sessions in schools, supporting groups of children completing trails around the cemetery, explaining the significance of different aspects of the cemetery and its architecture and working alongside learning professionals to answer questions about the site and Jewish practices. You may also have opportunities to support family activities, such as craft stations, at events.
  • This role will come with extensive training and is perfect for people with experience of working with children and a passion for sharing the heritage of the site with wider audiences. We encourage applications from people from all backgrounds. Part of the recruitment for this role will include an enhanced DBS check.
  • Key responsibilities:
    • Develop basic background knowledge of the cemetery and Jewish burial and mourning customs as a basis for working with children.
    • Helping to prepare for sessions with schools, including photocopying worksheets and setting up learning spaces, as well as tidying up learning spaces afterwards.
    • Deliver outreach sessions according to provided lesson plans in schools.
    • Support sessions for schools on site, as directed by learning professionals who will deliver the taught workshop component of the session.
    • Answer questions about the site and Jewish customs.
    • Help children understand the special nature of the site and its stories.
    • Share your enthusiasm for the cemetery, its history and importance.
Tree-lined path between gravestones.

Tree-lined path between gravestones.

What impact will this have?

  • Sharing the heritage of the cemetery with wider audiences.
  • Helping children to understand a different culture and religion to their own.
  • Inspiring children through the stories of our 'residents' to achieve their potential.

When are you needed?

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Commitment

  • School sessions will be ad hoc during school hours, Monday-Friday (not including Friday afternoons). If you become a learning support volunteer you will be asked in advance to sign up to support school sessions which will likely require a minimum commitment to 4 hours twice a month. Sessions may be at the cemetery or at a school within London.
  • Interviews will be held in mid January. Interviews will include a very short presentation to help us see your skills in explaining new concepts to children.

Expenses

  • Travel expenses within 10 miles. Refreshments are provided on site.

Background checks

  • A DBS check is required

About the organisation:

Additional Information

What skills will be useful?
  • Interpersonal
  • Teaching
  • Youth work
What skills can I gain?
  • Interpersonal
  • Teaching
  • Team working
  • Youth work
  • Leadership
  • Leadership
  • Practical
  • Outdoor work
  • Professional

Training

  • We encourage applicants from all backgrounds for this role, but experience working with children will be particularly helpful.
  • Full-day training sessions for learning support volunteers will be taking place on the 19th and 20th of February. All applicants must be available for both of these dates.

    Training will be delivered by the Jewish Museum London and our learning consultant. Training will cover relevant content, methods for delivering learning sessions in heritage setting and use of the site.
  • Volunteers will be encouraged to observe an outreach session in a school in the last week of January.

Location

Willesden Jewish Cemetery, Beaconsfield Road, London, NW10 2JE

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