We're looking to find up to ten volunteers to help our children to cook up a storm at our new Create & Cook group. The group is designed to support vulnerable children, building their confidence, supporting their social skills and helping them to feel special and important. Sessions will take place weekly at a primary school near Elephant & Castle, and will involve working alongside a small group of children, aged 8-10. Each session will involve cooking a meal and eating it together, as well as games, conversations and time to share news. Practical Details: The sessions will take place on Wednesdays, from 3-6pm for 9 weeks, beginning on Wednesday 25th April, running through to Wednesday 4th July, with a break for half term on Wednesday 30th May. Before the groups start, there will be a compulsory training and planning session for all volunteers on Wednesday 18th April (exact timings tbc, but likely 3.30 - 5pm).
To create consistency and ensure smooth running, volunteers must commit to attending at least 6 of the 9 sessions and must be able to join the pre-project training session on 18th April. No cooking skills are required, but you will be asked to complete an online food hygiene qualification (which we will fund) and some other basic training before the project starts. You will also require an enhanced DBS certificate to take part - we can sort this out for you, or accept an existing portable check. As part of our Safer Recruitment process, we will need to interview and take references for all volunteers. Please contact us by emailing [email protected] or visit our website: www.freetobekids.org.uk/volunteer and complete an application to volunteer.
It would be helpful if volunteers could bring an apron along to sessions, if they 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 London’s 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.
All of the children referred to work with us are dealing with a range of adversities and difficulties, such as poverty, housing instability or disrepair, family health issues, bereavements or other trauma. The impact of these adversities means that they are struggling in some ways to manage at school, home or with friendships. This group is designed to provide special time each week for a group of 10 children who really need some additional positive support in their lives. Each week, through our project, they will have the opportunity to be supported by warm, friendly, fun adults, who'll reflect back their successes, support them to try new things and help them feel proud and important. If you think you can do that, and have a great time yourself in the process, drop us a line! We guarantee you won't regret it!