Volunteering
VOLUNTEERING

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"I enjoy volunteering with IPA because it gives me an opportunity to do something entirely different from what I do all week in my job, like helping kids build a den or make a camp fire. But most importantly, it feels like I am really making a difference - seeing the smiles that the activities put on the children's faces is priceless!"
Juergen, investment professional and volunteer for Islington Play Association.

Islington Play Association relies heavily on people who give up some of their time to help on a voluntary (not for pay) basis. The amount of time offered varies between a few hours a month to almost full-time. Sometimes we are offered help on a one-off basis for a specific task or project, sometimes on a regular basis.

People help out because:

 

  • It helps children in need
  • It's fun
  • It's rewarding
  • It helps people develop skills, knowledge and can help them with their careers
  • It makes their neighbourhoods better places to live in

Volunteers may want to work directly with children on adventure playgrounds, playschemes, or sport programmes. They may also choose to work with children who have special needs or disabilities, teenagers, or toddlers. Volunteers share their interests with children - it may be music, dance, football, drama, canoeing, chess, puppetry, cooking, gardening, environmental interest, flora and fauna, photography, computers, carpentry (helping children build dens and play structures on adventure playgrounds) etc.

Some volunteers help Islington Play Association and other voluntary organisations with governance, publicity, finance and HR support, IT advice, campaigning, research, and training by using their professional, administrative, artistic or sporting skills. The energy of young volunteers and the experience of retired people are both particularly welcome. Just a few hours a month can make a huge difference.

Islington Play Association has a history of creating placements for students from the UK and abroad. Some employers encourage volunteering and some will agree to placements in work time because it enhances the skills of their staff.

For child protection reasons, volunteers working with children will need to undertake a DBS check. If you have a criminal record in the UK or abroad, you will need to declare any and all offences but they will not necessarily prevent you from volunteering. Your criminal record will be confidentially verified.


 

Current Volunteer Opportunities

Cafe volunteers

Paradise Park Children's Centre is looking for indivudals interested in volunteering in its cafe.

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Walking Bus Supervisors

If you think children's play is as important as we do then we want you to volunteer with us. Community volunteers play a vital role in supporting our staff to keep the walking bus running. 

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Volunteer Parties and Events Coordinator

We're looking for an enthusiastic self-starter with coordination experience who can develop a fledgling project to its full potential. 
The post requires strong abilities in both written and oral communications, as well as good knowledge of basic IT systems (e.g. Word, Excel, email use etc.) and a capacity for organisation.

We are looking for an enthusiastic and reliable person to develop our parties service. Our children's centre and adventure playgrounds are all available to rent for children's parties and other events, and we would like someone to take the lead on this and develop it to its full potential. This will include advertising the service, speaking with potential users, booking staff for the service, arranging payments etc. 

We are looking for someone with experience of project management and the enthusiasm and initiative to develop a service to it's full potential. Communication skills, both written and oral, are important. Experience of and passion for children and children's play would be a bonus.

This is an exciting opportunity to play a key part in developing this service. The adventure playgrounds and children's centre can then be used for parties, events and by schools, at times when they are otherwise closed, maximising their use for the local community. Any funds derived will be fed back into our direct services with and for children.

This is a great opportunity to develop a project from the ground up and take a strong lead in its development. This project will, it is hoped, also derive a small amount of income for the charity, which can then be used on direct services at the adventure playgrounds.

One half day a week would be ideal, but we are flexible.

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If you are interested in any of the volunteer roles above please contact Quoc Truong, Project Coordinator, for more information and details on how to apply.

Email: info@islingtonplay.org.uk
Telephone: 020 7607 9638

 


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