A different sort of club
What makes this club different from other social clubs for people who have disabilities is the level of individual support and structure. Volunteers linking 1:1 or 2:1 with participants offer a high level of support and active engagement.
Sessions led by three professional therapists or creative workshoppers provide a structure planned according to the needs of the individual. The structure is flexible so that people can opt out and do a different type of activity if they want (e.g. play a board game or relax with a cup of tea and chat).
An excellent place to start
For volunteers who would like to get involved sooner rather than later, or who would just like to try out an afternoon to see if this is the kind of thing for them – this is a really good place to start. We tend to team new volunteers with those who already have some experience and together they support the individual with a disability to participate in the various activities. A friendly atmosphere and guidance from club-leaders will help you find your way in.
"When I phoned the Kith & Kids office and they told me I could have some training and just see where I wanted to go from there, I thought 'what have I got to lose?'. I went, and the short training session was really useful: both thought-provoking and practical. Their ground-rule that nobody needs to do anything they're not comfortable with felt really good to me. I stayed for the afternoon and worked alongside a volunteer who had done this before. We supported a young lad who had quite severe disabilities and I wasn't sure how he could get involved. The music workshop changed all that! You should have seen him banging the drums we held up for him and playing the keyboard! He loved it. And the whole group responded so well to his enthusiasm. I want more experiences like that".
Robert (32, computer programmer)
If you would like to join us and volunteer on our Weekend Clubs, then please Sign Up
We'll send you details of how you can:
● Book a 30-min informal online interview with us
● Send us info for your free DBS check
● Access our bite-size training modules to get you started
We'll be running a series of training sessions starting 20th June; there will be a few different date options.
We'll ask you to come to two of these; at the second session we hope you'll meet and get involved with some of our participants.
All training sessions take place at:
Hornsey Vale Community Centre
60 Mayfield Road
Hornsey Vale Community Centre is a 15-minute W3 bus-ride from Finsbury Park
Please note minimum age for Weekend Club volunteers is 16 years old.
New volunteers must complete a free DBS check with us before taking part in any of our projects and activities - we'll explain how we do this when we meet you online. It's free for volunteers too!
Remember to check out our Facebook page to see lots of photos and updates of Kith & Kids activities throughout the year!
We can offer travel expenses to volunteers.