Lighting up the lives of children and young people with disabilities

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Volunteer with us

Volunteers are an invaluable part of Nova Children's Project and we are grateful for the support they give us. We are always looking for more volunteers, so please get in touch if you would like to join our team. Simply by giving your time and sharing your passion, you will make a real difference to many children and their families' lives. 

See what some of our volunteers have said about their time with us:

FAQs

Why volunteer with us?

Volunteering with Nova Children's Project can be beneficial for a range of reasons, including: 

  • Help you gain a wealth of experience and develop valuable skills

  • Increase your knowledge and understanding of disabilities and the impact they have on individuals and their families

  • An opportunity to make a difference to the lives of the children who attend our services and give something back to your local community

  • Can be used to support your university applications and provide required experience for a range of courses, particularly those relating to health and social care

  • Access to training opportunities, improving your knowledge and understanding of a range of topics

  • Enhance your CV and increase job opportunities 

  • Support with schemes such as Duke of Edinburgh Award or Creativity Activity Service for the IB

  • An opportunity to meet new people and make friends

  • Most importantly, it is fun and rewarding!

What will I do as a volunteer?

You will support the children and young people whilst they attend our clubs and playschemes; playing and interacting with them, looking after them and ensuring they are having a good time. You will be working alongside other volunteers and experienced staff. 

What training and support would I receive?

All our volunteers complete Induction Training, which covers important topics such as Disability Awareness, Communication Skills, Safeguarding, Confidentiality and Health and Safety. This is delivered by a combination of face-to-face training and accredited and certificated e-learning. Where appropriate, you will be offered additional training, such as Makaton, enteral feeding, epilepsy awareness, behaviour management and moving and handling. During your time as a volunteer you will have a Volunteer Coordinator who is available for any advice or help you feel you need.  

How often would I need to volunteer?

We ask for a minimum commitment of one session per month for at least six months. This ensures we can keep some consistency for the children we support and it means you get the most out of the experience. We run a number of clubs across weekends, evenings and during school holidays and you are able to choose in advance which sessions you would like to volunteer at, enabling you to fit it around your other commitments. 

Alternatively, if you are interested in volunteering in a one-off block, you can do so during our Summer Playscheme, which runs 4-6 days each week during the school summer holiday. For this, we ask that you complete a minimum of 10 sessions in total. This can either be in a block of two weeks or spread out across the summer holiday. You are able to choose the dates you volunteer.  

How old do I need to be to volunteer?

Due to the nature of the role, you need to be aged 16 or over. There is no upper age limit.

Where is the role based?

We currently run clubs and playschemes in both Tunbridge Wells (Southborough) and Tonbridge. You would need to be able to get yourself to one or the other, but we can provide lifts between the two if necessary.

 

Will you provide me with a reference?

Yes, we are more than happy to provide references for volunteers who have fulfilled their agreed commitment with us.

 
Interested in making a difference as a volunteer?