Play & Support for families with young people with additional needs
Are you passionate about supporting children and young people with additional needs? Would you like to give time to a local, innovative charity? Would you enjoy helping children and young people learn and develop useful skills through play and while doing that have lots of fun? Or would you prefer a role behind the scenes that strengthen the service we provide? Whatever role suits you best we have a range of roles available. Please take a look at the roles available below.
Are you passionate about working with children and young people with additional needs? Would you like to give time to a local, innovative charity? Would you enjoy helping children and young people learn and develop useful skills through play and while doing that have lots of fun?
We are especially looking for volunteer playworkers on Mondays from 4pm to 8pm, Thursdays from 3.30pm to 7.30pm and Fridays from 9am to 1pm. Whilst we are flexible on days, we’d require you to do a minimum of 1 session per week. Your role would be to encourage play in children with disabilities and additional needs.
Do you have a passion for baking as well as putting a smile on the face of a child? If so we have the perfect role for you! Could you bake some cakes for a session once a month? Cupcakes, tiffin, victoria sponge, brownies - we love them all.
Do you love working with people, offering snacks and drinks, talking to people and making them feel welcome? Our cafe volunteer role may be perfect for you. We are especially looking for volunteer playworkers on Mondays from 4pm to 8pm, Thursdays from 3.30pm to 7.30pm and Fridays from 9am to 1pm and Saturdays from 12pm to 6pm. Whilst we are flexible on days, we’d require you to do a minimum of 1 session per week.
Welcoming children, young people and adults when they come to the cafe.
Take orders for drinks and snacks and serve children and adults with a variety of communication needs.
Responsible for the simple snacks and beverage service during the session.
Working with other kitchen volunteers.
Communicates with kitchen coordinator to inform if running low on an item or placing a monthly food order for us.
Ensure that high standards of food safety and kitchen health and hygiene are kept at all times. Full food hygeine training would be provided.
Counting up cash donations at the end of the session.
Loading and unloading the dishwasher.
Keeping areas clean
Would you like to give time to a local charity providing fun activities for children? Could you help us clear up after a busy session and prepare for the next? The sessions we require help with are in term time on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. The sessions run on Mondays until 7pm so we’ll need volunteers to come and help clear up from 7pm until until approximately 8pm. On Thursdays we need volunteers from 6.30pm until 7.30pm. On Fridays from 12pm until 1pm and on Saturdays from 5pm to 6pm. The main job will be clearing away the toys so they are ready for the next session and helping to clean our centre.
Kirstie has been volunteering at Incredible Kids since 2014. She told us her story:
I used to volunteer with different groups supporting children who have special needs in the past but had to suddenly stop this due to my own health and was not able to return to what I was doing. I wanted to find a charity that supported children with special needs that I could get involved with within my current limitations which greatly effected my ability to play directly with children, I found this within Incredible Kids.
Incredible Kids were supportive and understanding of my own limitations enabling me to try and see how and what I could manage to do. When I started I found the welcoming and friendly atmosphere invaluable for me as I needed the social interaction myself as much as wanting to volunteer to support the organisation.
Not only does this charity provide invaluable support to families with a child with special needs, the other volunteers are a great group to work with. There are a variety of volunteer roles and the organisers are helpful in working with you to find the right role for you.
The most memorable thing I have taken away from Incredible Kids are the parents dealing with a child having a meltdown whilst the volunteers and other parents are carrying on with what they are doing not judging but provide available to provide practical emotional support for the parent during/after. Which is very different to the reactions I used to get when I use to take different children with special needs who have meltdowns out into local parks and for days out.”
Kirstie enjoyed volunteering at Incredible Kids so much that she then joined us as a trustee!
Margreth joined us as she wanted to gain work experience with children that have additional needs.
“For me volunteering was a starting point in developing knowledge and understanding with regards to children with special needs in after school/ weekend play group sessions. The environment was ideal because parents, carers, support workers and other volunteers where present.
The Volunteers at Incredible Kids are sincerely welcoming with open arms. I had the feeling that everyone attending sessions whether playing, coming in for a chat, or helping out is treated as equal, nobody is being judged. Ideas will be listened to and generally, the aim is very much to let children have fun or let off steam. But also being able to watch parents have a break or catch up on news, and share concerns with each other. There is a strong sense that as a volunteer you belong to a special community, a caring community.
Through volunteering, I have had the chance to meet like-minded people. It is wonderful to be able to just approach anyone at Incredible Kids to discuss anything and share thoughts. Somehow you can not fail to make friends around such dedicated people. Incredible Kids are a wonderful charity letting volunteers explore about how they can make use of the time, help or support to make a difference.
The most memorable thing is being able to involve a child with special needs in suitable play resulting in making a difference. The realisation of the diversity of challenges children and parents have to face on a daily basis. The commitment and innovative ways organisers engage in to make such an incredible club roll on year in year out, and with a smile on their faces. Getting to know part of the local community. Self development, now looking at certain matters in a completely different way. Just being accepted and respected.
The time spent at IK has given me confidence. The best experience that volunteering has given me is widening an understanding to a new realistic world. I now know something virtually millions of other people choose to ignore to understand.
Margreth spent many many hours helping at Incredible Kids. Not only did she give up her time but she also nominated us to her employer who raised over £1000 for us at Christmas. Thank you Margreth!
I started volunteering at Incredible Kids because I loved being able to volunteer my time to help families and their children. I love the atmosphere at Incredible Kids. We all cared for each other. It was amazing being able to give each child the attention they needed and give them a safe and fun environment to play in
It's extremely rewarding being a volunteer at Incredible Kids. I would encourage people to volunteer because the group needs you. Families need that support and know that they have someone to talk to. The most memorable part of being a volunteer is having that sense of pride in what you are doing. Feeling proud that I could help the families that came to the sessions and give each child the attention and care that they needed. I have happy memories of ik and hope to return one day soon as a volunteer
I wanted to volunteer as I was a service user and the work Incredible Kids do is amazing and inspiring. It's extremely rewarding and the support you receive is brilliant. I loved working with the families and making them feel welcome, providing support where it is needed most.
I volunteered in the cafe at Incredible Kids as I wanted to give some of my spare time to help others and wanted to help in a kitchen/ cafe environment. The best thing about volunteering is meeting all the different people and knowing that my small contribution was helping them a little bit.
If you are thinking of volunteering do it! Incredible Kids is a great charity with excellent values and any bit of help you give will be a big help for others. My favourite memories are of playing peek-a-boo with Josiah over the counter with a dinosaur!