Our Create & Cook groups provide intensive support for small groups of children who are in need of additional positive time with adults, confidence building and the chance to build social skills. Each week for a school term, we use playing, cooking and eating together as vehicles for helping children to develop teamwork skills, explore their creativity and, over time, build a sense of belonging within our group. This term, we'll be based at Charles Dickens Primary School and we're looking for some warm, fun adult volunteers to join our team!
No cooking skills are required, just a sense of fun! Food hygiene and other necessary training will be provided. You'll need to be available on Thursdays, from 3pm-6pm, from 12th October to 14th December (excluding Thursday 26th October, which falls within Half Term). You will need to be able to commit to at least 6 of the 9 dates, so as to provide continuity for the children. You will also need to be available for a training and planning session at the school the week before the group starts on Thursday 5th October (same times, 3pm-6pm). A DBS check is also required (unless you have a portable one), but we are able to complete this for you. All volunteering roles are subject to a short interview and references, so as to comply with Safer Recruitment requirements.
Bring an apron, if you have one!
Free to Be Kids provides new experiences and respite for vulnerable children, though holidays, therapeutic adventures and afterschool activities. Our projects are designed to work for children who might otherwise struggle to find the confidence to be adventurous, who might be too anxious to reach out and make new friends, or who might usually deal with setbacks by becoming angry or upset. We work with schools, housing associations, social services and other organisations to reach some of Londons most disadvantaged children. We believe that every child deserves to experience joy and adventure within their childhood.
Many of the children we work with grow up feeling rejected, excluded or as if they are failing. Our work helps children to feel wanted, special, valued and successful, ultimately changing how they think and feel about themselves. We offer residential respite breaks, overnight adventures, after school groups and mentoring throughout the year and are always looking for new volunteers to join our team.
Free to Be is entirely volunteer run, with no paid staff, and benefits from several thousand hours of volunteer support each year. We believe volunteers bring unique qualities to our work their individual passions, creativity and commitment - and that these qualities are, in large part, what makes our work so special.
We'll be supporting a small group of 8-10 year old children who are very excited to work with us. You'll be with them each week, cooking alongside them and sharing the amazing culinary creations they produce. You'll help them learn new skills, like how to knead dough or peel potatoes; you'll persuade them to be brave and try new foods and help them to make mistakes and laugh about it! Most of all, you'll be a fun, interested, caring adult, who they'll look forward to seeing at each session and updating about how their week has gone. We'll be cooking up a real storm this term. The kids will choose the majority of the recipes, but past group of children have: made pasta from scratch; cooked up an Indian feast, complete with homemade Naan Breads; invented their own pizzas; had a pancake party and even made Easter Eggs!