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Sheffield Healthy Holidays

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Sheffield Healthy Holidays is a project to support approx. 7,500 children (eligible for free school meals) in 14 target wards in the city to access activities and food over the summer holidays

Children and Young People’s Activity Volunteer 2020

This opportunity is ongoing, with no end date.

An activity volunteer in our Healthy Holidays activity programme supports children to be the best they can be. You will be part of a team delivering free activities in the community to children aged 5-13 years. Sheffield Healthy Holidays is a programme of food, resources and small group activities and sessions, offering a range of opportunities to engage in healthy food, cooking, art and craft, sports, games, drama, circus skills, story time and play. You will engage children in positive activities, inspiring life changes and raising aspirations, whilst providing a safe space and fun environment for children to thrive.

This programme is coordinated by VAS (Voluntary Action Sheffield), and implemented by 5 partner charities/ hubs in local communities.

This role tasks include: Working with an activity leader and a maximum group size of 15 children to safely engage in 2-3 hour sessions of games and activities and food - Supporting all children and young people attending sessions to join in and take part in activities - At drop off and collection of children, manage a signing in/ out procedure and carry out a quick welfare check with parents/ carers– from a safe 2 metre distance to check they have everything they need and don’t require any more assistance - Following strict hygiene, social distancing and PPE guidance as set out by your activity leader, in the specific activity setting - Washing your hands thoroughly (for at least 20 seconds) before and after carrying out your volunteering activity, following government guidelines to help minimise any risk of infection.

If you, or any members of your household, have any coronavirus symptoms you should not do any volunteering. Instead you should call or email us as soon as possible so we can cancel your volunteering and offer you any support you might need.

What skills do I need?

Enthusiasm. Sessions are dynamic and children are always excited! You will join in games and activities, encouraging children to join in too Confident in a busy, group environment with children, and talking to people face to face (children, parents, other volunteers) Work on your own initiative as well to instructions. Each session will be led by a member of the community activity team who will give you directions but you will also have to think on your feet. Reliable and punctual Patient Clean and presentable Experience of working with children is desirable NB: DBS check required

What will I gain?

Face to face experience working with children and families Develop communication skills and interpersonal skills needed to support people from many different backgrounds Experience of supporting and delivering a variety of play activities Experience of working independently and also of co-operating in a team. Confidence in your own abilities, meet people and join our dynamic volunteer team Be part of a local community team and a city-wide project, making a difference Multiple skills and experience - excellent for job applications and CV We can also provide references for you

Training and support

A Safeguarding briefing. An Introduction to infection control e-learning and full briefing on government guidelines on preventing transmission of COVID-19







DBS (criminal records) check



You will be located in one of the 5 activity hub areas in the city.

Travel information

Accessible by public transport - be aware of government guidelines regarding use of public transport
  • CausesArts and culture, Children and families, Foodbanks and food poverty, Health, Poverty and social justice, Sport and exercise, Teenagers and young adults
  • FrequencyFlexible
  • WhenMonday morning, Monday afternoon, Monday evening, Tuesday morning, Tuesday afternoon, Tuesday evening, Wednesday morning, Wednesday afternoon, Wednesday evening, Thursday morning, Thursday afternoon, Thursday evening, Friday morning, Friday afternoon, Friday evening, Saturday morning, Saturday afternoon, Saturday evening, Sunday morning, Sunday afternoon, Sunday evening
  • Skills and InterestsArt and craft, Communication skills, Creativity, Hands-on tasks, Listening, Performing arts, Sport and coaching, Teaching, Teamwork
  • Careers and AspirationsArts, culture and heritage, Medicine and healthcare, Psychology, Social work, Speech and language therapy, Teaching, Third sector and charity work

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