Volunteer

Volunteer

Your contribution makes a huge difference when you offer your services as a volunteer. If you can volunteer in any way with Kids Company, we would love to hear from you. There are many options available, and you will find links below to learn more about specific opportunities:

(Please note, we encourage all volunteers to start off with either school/centre volunteering or  mentoring, so please fill in only one application form.)

Volunteering in a School or Centre

Mentoring

Volunteer Pool

Just one Thing

Complementary Health Volunteers

Student Placements

 

Volunteering in a School or Centre

Kids Company offers therapeutic and social work in over 40 schools across London that are in desperate need of extra support. Resources are stretched to the limit and so our volunteers are invaluable to offering this support.

Volunteers run or assist with lunchtime or after school clubs for small groups of children. For these roles, we are particularly keen to hear from volunteers who have a specific skill (e.g. gardening, art, sport, dance, photography, cookery, music, drama) that can be shared with the children. Whatever you’re into, your enthusiasm can help enrich the lives of our vulnerable children.

We are also looking for volunteers to read with children, to play games with them in the playground, and to support their learning in the classroom.

For those of you who have more experience with children and are confident in leading a group of children, there is the opportunity to assist in the after school club at one of our centres.

Kids Company provides full training and support. We ask for a minimum commitment of 2 hours per week, for at least one academic term (12 weeks), but we welcome volunteers who can stay for longer. Volunteers must be over 18 years old and able to volunteer in the London area.

Apply:

Please complete the Volunteer Application Form (click to download) and the Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form (click to download). Email both forms to volunteer@kidsco.org.uk.

We will then be in touch to invite you to an interview and let you know the next steps in the application process.

 

Mentoring

Mentoring is a wonderful way to give of your time and of yourself to have a positive impact upon a young person. Mentoring is a one-to-one relationship, and it is extremely valuable because many of our young people do not have a reliable adult in their lives. The bonds that are created through mentoring help our children and young people to achieve goals, build confidence, increase self-esteem, and have fun!

Mentors meet with a young person on a weekly basis for at least one year. This period of time allows the young person to build a relationship with their mentor, to develop a sense of trust, and to gain the most from the experience. The consistency and reliability our mentors provide has a profound impact upon the lives of our young people. Through giving of your time and doing fun things like going to a park, museums, and exploring different areas of London, the mentoring relationship will build, and the young person’s life can be positively changed.

We embrace the diverse backgrounds and experiences of our mentors, but at the core, all of our mentors have emotional resilience, self-awareness, and empathy. Our mentors are genuinely interested in the lives of the children they work with, they listen, and they make the child feel heard. Our mentors are creative and enthusiastic, and they are able to join in with the young person’s world and make the child feel special. Our mentors see the strengths within our young people and help them to develop their interests and increase their sense of aspiration. Our mentors provide an invaluable role and contribute to our young people’s futures.

Mentoring is centred around the significant benefits that the young person gains through the relationship that is formed. To know that at least one person will consistently show up, listen, and be there for them week after week can have a powerful and lasting impact upon our young people.

Throughout the mentoring process, you will be provided with a high level of support by the Mentoring Team, which includes group supervision, workshops, and additional individual support. We recognize the importance of support, in order for the mentoring relationship to be successful, and we will be with you each step of the way.

Our mentors must be over the age of 18 and be able to volunteer in the London area. If you believe in the work that we do at Kids Company and believe that you could play an integral role in positively shaping the life of a young person through mentoring, we would welcome hearing from you!

Apply:

To apply, please complete the Mentor Application Form and Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form, which can be found by clicking on the links below:

Mentor Application Form
Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form .

Please email both completed forms to mentoring@kidsco.org.uk.

If you would prefer to post the forms, please send them to:

Mentor Application

Kids Company
1 Kenbury Street
London
SE5 9BS

We will then be in touch to invite you to an interview and let you know the next steps in the application process. We will complete a DBS application with you at the interview (please note that you will need a Kids Company DBS certificate).

We sincerely thank you for your interest, and we look forward to hearing from you!

 

Volunteer Pool

The Kids Company Volunteer Pool is a fantastic way to stay in touch with various events and projects taking place at Kids Company that you may wish to get involved with on an ad-hoc basis. It does not involve any long-term or regular commitment. Just whenever and however you can.

You will receive e-mail notifications from us when we require help with a workshop, event or project. You will also receive invitations to events taking place throughout the year.

To join the Volunteer Pool please email volunteer@kidsco.org.uk.

Some of the opportunities on the Volunteer Pool involve working directly with the children we support. If you would like to be considered for these opportunities, you will need to complete an application apply for a Kids Company DBS check.

Just One Thing

Kids Company are delighted to announce our collaboration with parenting website beyondtheschoolrun.com through an initiative called Just One Thing.
Just One Thing is a call to action for parents to get involved with Kids Company in whatever capacity they can, whether they are offering gifts, skills, ideas or simply, their spare time.

Just One Thing is a call to action for parents to get involved with Kids Company in whatever capacity they can, whether they are offering gifts, skills, ideas or simply, their spare time.
Beyond The School Run founder Louise Webster, said:  “The ‘Just One Thing’ campaign is about recognizing that there is a large part of society – parents – who have a range of skills and talents that when utilized could collectively make a difference to theirs and the lives of others. I think this is an opportunity for parents to show what they are made of and together start to challenge the huge issue of poverty affecting so many children across the UK. I believe if we each do one thing, however small, we can together make a significant difference to children’s lives.”

Kids Company founder Camila Batmanghelidjh said:  “Often, people think what they have to offer is too insignificant and will not transform damaged lives. What they don’t realise is that, in the exchange of kindness, something big and beautiful happens. A child who has lost dignity will regain it in the knowledge that you cared. Give yourself a gift – be transformative!”

Complementary Health Volunteers

Kids Company offers a wide range of complementary therapies, and we are always looking for qualified practitioners to contribute to this program on a voluntary basis.

We need specialists in occupational therapy, massage, reflexology, reiki, cranial osteopathy, acupuncture, EFT, yoga and other treatments. Whatever you can offer, from a few hours a month to a few days a week, we would love to hear from you. Various volunteering options are available, including working with children, staff, parents and teachers. We offer full training and support.

Apply:

Please complete the Volunteer Application Form (click to download) and Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form (click to download). Email both forms to complementarytherapy@kidsco.org.uk.

We will then be in touch to invite you to an interview and let you know the next steps in the application process. We will complete a DBS application with you at the interview (please note that you will need a Kids Company DBS certificate).

If you would prefer to post the forms, please send them to:

Complementary Health Volunteer Application

Kids Company
1 Kenbury Street
London
SE5 9BS

 

Student Placements at Kids Company

Kids Company welcomes applications from students seeking placements that contribute to their academic learning outcomes. Kids Company promotes the standards of the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and students are supported towards successful completion of all course placement requirements.

Placements are currently provided for a wide range of professional disciplines, for example arts therapies, clinical psychology, counselling, dental hygiene , education, nursing, occupational therapy, psychotherapy, social work, speech and language therapy, youth work and wellbeing practitioners.

If you would like a student placement at Kids Company please download and read our Placements brochure.

Psychotherapy & counselling student placements
Kids Company offers placements for those training in all therapeutic approaches, in primary and secondary schools across London. We work with children who have experienced trauma, abuse and neglect. We also work with children who may be going through short term traumas (bereavement/family break-down) and self-doubt, who are in need of support in expressing and understanding themselves. Alongside this we offer therapeutic interventions for parents, carers and teachers.
We offer the child a secure, safe and committed experience to support emotional and psychological well being in order for them to increase self awareness, to develop confidence and to develop resilience.
All placements are supported by clinical supervision in line with university, UKCP, BACP, HPC and BPS requirements.

Apply:
Please ensure you have read the ‘Criteria for Student Applicants’, as detailed in the Placements brochure, before applying.

Students can apply directly or through their university’s placements co-ordinator. If applying directly, please download and complete the relevant application form and Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form (click to download).
Psychotherapy & Counselling student placements
All other student placements

Please email both forms to either:
Psychotherapy & Counselling student placementspsychotherapyplacements@kidsco.org.uk.
All other student placementsplacements@kidsco.org.uk.

If you would prefer to apply by post, please write to:
Placements Team, Kids Company, 1 Kenbury Street, London SE5 9BS.

Once we receive the completed application form, providing there is an appropriate placement available that matches your skills, knowledge, experience and requirements, we will arrange for you to attend an interview.
A full description of all our volunteer opportunities are detailed in our Volunteers brochure.