For the last 4 years, the Salusbury World team have been successfully organising and managing a Holiday Club for teenagers. The project aims to provide social, physical, intellectual, creative and emotional support to children in a relaxed but structured environment – and thereby improve refugee and migrant children’s self-esteem, confidence and enjoyment of life. We also aim to reduce social isolation and encourage the children to feel confident travelling around London. The project is run from Salusbury World’s base at Salusbury Primary School in Queens Park, London NW6 but we spend most days out and about in London.
Aim of the Volunteer Role
- To promote a safe, healthy and caring environment in which the children can express themselves freely
- To support children aged from 11 to 17, from countries such as Syria, Somalia, India, Romania, Afghanistan and Brazil, with varying levels of English
- To help deliver games and sports activities to the children
- To help supervise children during travel to off-site activities
- To help supervise the children whilst they are participating in the activities
- To report any observations, problems or difficulties with the children promptly to Salusbury World staff
- To attend brief team meetings when necessary
Necessary Skills, Aptitudes and Knowledge
We believe a good Holiday Club volunteer needs:
- A warm personality and a good sense of humour
- A sensitivity to other cultures and an ability to communicate successfully across cultures
- Reliability, patience and flexibility
- Good spoken and written English
- An ability to build a good rapport with young people aged 11 to 17
- A commitment to equality and diversity and the rights of all individuals to respect and fair treatment
- A willingness and ability to share skills and knowledge with the children
- The confidence to establish and maintain appropriate boundaries
- A non-judgemental and supportive approach and belief in the potential of others.
Minimum commitment of 1 day (one session) during the school holidays. Sessions begin at 9am and finish at 5pm.
An enhanced DBS check to work with children will be required for this role. We will help the volunteer to apply for this.
Support and supervision:
The volunteer will be managed by an appropriate member of Salusbury World staff and be given regular supervision.
Induction and training:
An initial induction to Salusbury World and the project will be provided.
Benefits to the Volunteer
- Contribute to a project that really does make a difference to the lives of refugee and migrant children
- Travel expenses to and from the school and all genuine out-of-pocket expenses, will be reimbursed.
- Full liability insurance cover.
- There are appreciation events to recognise the important contribution that volunteers make
Salusbury World is an approachable and diverse organisation which values and respects peoples’ different backgrounds, characteristics, ideas and beliefs.
Salusbury World believes that it is essential to eliminate discrimination and promote equality of opportunity. Salusbury World is committed to opposing discrimination and will not discriminate against any person because of their ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, responsibility for children or dependants, age, employment status, disability, HIV status, religious or political beliefs or because of unrelated criminal convictions.