Play Volunteer

Children and young people | Children | Families | People and communities | Women

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Location: St Paul’s Way Community Centre, 83 St Paul’s Way, London, E3 3PR (see map)

Travel: Mile End station. Burgess Street bus stop.

Start date: Ongoing

What will I be doing?

  • Volunteer with Playworkers to ensure the delivery of high quality inclusive play opportunities. Ensure safety and well being of children and young people attending the sessions.

  • Preparing the site, a range of opportunities and the materials required.
    Carry out day to day record keeping and observations of play mechanisms and types used by the children to improve quality and range of play offered.
    Play Volunteers must be aware of the children and their individual needs at all times.
    Attend meetings with line manager and other project staff as appropriate.
    Provide an appropriate environment and play props to support play opportunities suitable for children with and without disabilities.
  • Carry out all responsibilities and activities within an equal opportunities framework.
    Adhere to the policies and procedures set out by PATH and where appropraite Poplar HARCA too.

What impact will this have?

  • community building
  • volunteering
  • social work

When are you needed?

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Commitment

  • PATH play sessions and projects are all about getting children out playing and taking ownership of spaces near their homes.
    We believe that play is an essential part of childhood and important for children’s healthy development. PATH Playworkers deliver high quality inclusive, creative and imaginative play sessions aimed children ages 5-13 and their families. The role of Play Volunteer will be to work with the Playworkers to prepare varied play activities and to talk to parents, carers and the wider community about the project, involving them in session delivery and sustainability. Play Volunteer will be an advocate for play at all times.

    Volunteers will be supported by Playworkers at the sessions and the Play Development Manager, undertaking specific responsibilities as set out in this role description. You will volunteer as part of a team and an introduction to play training can be offered to local volunteers from Poplar.
  • We are looking for motivated, energetic and enthusiastic volunteers. You will have excellent listening skills and the ability to empathise. As you will build relationships with children it is important that you are reliable and ideally you will be able to volunteer for at least three months on a regular weekly basis. All applicants must be 18 or over.
    It is a bonus if you speak a non-English language prevalent in Tower Hamlets. You will have a basic awareness of health and safety practices and be committed to equal opportunities.

What else do I need to know?

  • All volunteers will be required to complete an appliction form, attend an interview and to supply the details of two referees who are willing to provide a character reference. Volunteers must be 18 or over.

Expenses

  • Travel

Background checks

  • A DBS check is required

About the organisation:

Additional Information

What skills will be useful?
  • Interpersonal
  • Leadership
What skills can I gain?
  • Interpersonal
  • Coaching

Training

  • We aim to provide a meaningful experience for you as a volunteer.
    You will have a full induction followed by the right training and ongoing support.
    You will have a named PATH and PH Contact and there will be opportunities for regular feedback so you can track your progress and work towards meeting your particular goals.
  • We will provide you with an honest reference regardless of how long you are with us.
    We can promise a safe environment without discrimination and a supportive space to be in.
  • You will be prioritised for any further training we have on offer.
    You will receive agreed ‘out of pocket’ travel and food expenses (for volunteering of 5 hours or more) with proof of receipts.

Location

St Paul’s Way Community Centre, 83 St Paul’s Way, London, E3 3PR

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