Volunteer with Free To Be

  • Posted on: 13 February 2017
  • By: President

What are you doing during the Easter & Summer holidays this year? Free To Be is looking for energetic, enthusiastic and motivated student volunteers to help run residential holiday projects for some of London's most disadvantaged children. No previous experience of working with children is needed, although a good sense of humour, appetite for adventure, and lots and lots of energy are definitely very much welcomed!

Just one week of your time could make a massive difference to a child who wouldn’t otherwise have a holiday. For many, caring and coping with problems is a full time business - some care for relatives, live in conditions of extreme over-crowding or instability and are dealing with the daily effects of poverty. Our breaks offer these children the opportunity to have fun and play, try new things and get some respite. The holidays are packed with activities like canoeing, arts & crafts, climbing and visiting farms. However it is the relationships formed and experiences shared with warm, positive adults that stick in the children's minds for years afterwards – playing hide and seek in the woods together, chatting about the day over hot chocolate and marshmallows or going to sleep to a bedtime story.  That's why we need you!

Projects will run over Easter and in the summer. For further details, visit our website (www.freetobekids.org.uk/volunteer) or check out our volunteering video on youtube, which gives a flavour of what being part of our team involves: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=373l3lrwqxQ 
As a volunteer, all activities, food and accommodation are free, the only cost is getting yourself to our project site an hour or two's train journey from London. Comprehensive training will be provided in advance of the project.

The benefit to you: a real sense of accomplishment but also developing fantastic new skills and experiences for your CV.

Time is short! All volunteers will need to complete a Free to Be DBS (Disclosure & Barring Services) check and attend our New Helper Training, which will take place at Balliol College on Sunday 26th February, So please go to our website to complete our online application form and register your interest ASAP. 

 If you have any questions, you can email us on recruitment@freetobekids.org.uk    
Beth Currie - @OUSU_CC
Vice-President (Charities and Community)
Oxford University Student Union
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