7 months ago
About Body & Soul
Body & Soul is an innovative charity that uses a comprehensive, community-based and trauma informed approach to address the life-threatening effects of adverse childhood experiences. Our community provides a wide range of innovative and creative programmes that support physical, mental and emotional health and well-being. We believe that people should be able to live their lives free from shame, and no one should have their life chances reduced because of traumatic experiences in their past.
About the role
You will be supporting in our purpose-built children's centre for those aged 0-9 years on our programme for those living with or affected by HIV. The children's centre is OFSTED approved and follows the national curriculum. We're committed to delivering responsive, sensitive programming geared at building children's emotional literacy and resilience while developing their physical, cognitive, imaginative and social needs. As a Children's Support Volunteer you will lead or assist a variety of activities from story time to pizza making! You will support on creative and educational sessions, stimulate imaginative play and build relationships with the children to enhance confidence and resilience. This is a rewarding role where you will work in coordination with the Head of Children's services and therapists to support child development and emotional well-being.
Our service runs on Tuesday and Thursdays evenings from 4.30 - 9.15pm at our purpose built centre in Clerkenwell, Islington. We ask that volunteers arrive as close to 4.30pm as possible but we can be flexible in consideration of work commitments. Volunteers are expected to commit to one regular evening a week for a minimum of 6 months. All volunteers at Body & Soul will be subject to an advanced DBS disclosure prior to beginning their volunteering.
We are looking for:
- Experience supporting children 0-9 years
- Creative approach with an ability to engage in imaginative play
- A genuine interest in promoting child development
- Open to supporting on personal care needs
- Proactive, confident and personable approach
- Adaptability and willingness to learn
In return we will provide:
- A full induction programme
- Ongoing training from established professionals
- Ongoing support from Head of Volunteer Programmes
- Recognition programme
If you are interested in this position we would love to hear from you so please do send over a brief overview of why you would like to get involved and a CV of your experience to firstname.lastname@example.org