Children’s Camp Volunteers

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CHICKS -disabled Published: October 18, 2017
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Suitable for under 18s


CHICKS is a unique place where like-minded adults work together to give deserving children a much needed break. A chance to have fun and leave worries behind in a safe and supervised environment. Without the support of our amazing volunteers this would not be possible.

Volunteering with CHICKS is a fun, rewarding and worthwhile experience which you will never forget. We need 600 camp volunteers a year to provide 1200 children with a life changing break. The volunteer's role is to stay residentially for five nights and join in with whatever fun and games the week may bring. We provide a unique experience of care, understanding and support with outdoor activities such as horse riding, kayaking, climbing, archery, trips to the beach and a theme park to name but a few, games, team building and crafts. We are a caring organisation with a strong emphasis on family values. Breaks run from March to November (Thursday to Tuesday) Brentor Devon and Tywardreath Cornwall. Both are set within their own large grounds and are fully equipped with a huge variety of activities and play equipment.
We have our own cooks who provide excellent home made meals and cleaners who try and keep things tidy. CHICKS provide free respite breaks for disadvantaged children from all across the UK. We have two retreats Moorland in Tavistock, Devon and Coastal in Par, Cornwall. All children who come on a break with CHICKS have been referred from third parties such as social workers, teachers, doctors etc and they would not normally have the chance of a holiday. These children come from very difficult backgrounds, they may be young carers, have suffered from neglect or poverty and even abuse. A CHICKS break gives them a much needed respite break, where they can relax, play and have fun. More importantly the children have the chance to be children, to make new friends, develop trust in others, and learn that life can be good whilst storing positive childhood memories. Providing country holidays to inner-city children.

What are they looking for?

You must enjoy working with children and have stamina, enthusiasm and also the empathy to work with those coming from disadvantaged backgrounds, patience, tolerance and 5 (residential) days to spare. Volunteers must be sensible, responsible and vigilant so that they can listen, support, encourage and mediate. To give encouragement to a child who has low self esteem, to listen to a child who may be scared or homesick. To understand that generally the child's behaviour is a direct result of the environment that they've come from . That's why they come to us!

There will be seven other volunteers and three qualified staff to help and support you. Volunteers will never be asked to work 1:1 with a child. In addition, volunteers don't need to worry about the activities being too strenuous or challenging, nothing is compulsory, we want everyone to have a positive experience and our breaks are designed with the children in mind. Precise directions given on application. You must be 18 years old or over to volunteer on a 8 - 22 age camp and at least 21 years old to volunteer on a 12 - 15 age camp (our volunteers range from 18 - 70 years of age). You must be able to get to our pick up point in Exeter, Devon or directly to one of our retreats. We can reimburse up to £50 for travel costs and everything else you need for the week will be provided. Full briefing given on first day at camp, although an induction pack is sent our prior to arriving, volunteer co-ordinator is on hand to support. Not able to support those needing disabled access due to nature of scheme. A DBS IS NEEDED

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