Volunteer: Additional Needs Team

What Will I be Doing?

You will be:

  • teaching children the Bible – following the same teaching as the adults
  • getting to know a small group of children and caring for them
  • getting stuck into loads of fun games, crafts and activities that support the Bible teaching
  • participating in team meetings, times of preparation, prayer and worship
  • cleaning up the venues after each session – preparing them for the next session
  • possibly supporting with other teams as needs arise
  • assisting with whatever is needed behind the scenes

What Skills and Experience do I Need?

You will need to:  

  • have experience of working with children or young people with additional needs
  • have lots of enthusiasm for teamwork
  • have a desire to communicate the gospel appropriately to the respective age group and those with differing needs
  • be interested in encouraging and building up children and young people
  • be able to draw alongside individuals
  • be lively and enthusiastic!
  • have recent experience of working with children
  • have a good level of spoken English
  • be ready to support other teams if/when a need comes up

What About as an Additional Needs Volunteer?

As well as the duties listed above your specific duties will include:

  • Providing relevant care to children or young people with additional needs
  • Liaise with Kids & Youth leaders and Kay Morgan-Gurr (our disability and additional needs advisor) before the event to assess how the small group and upfront teaching programme can be adapted to suit children with additional needs
  • Enable children or young people with additional needs to engage with each aspect of the sessions as fully as possible

When and Where Will I be Working?

  • You will be on duty each day during the week. We do try to factor in some rest time each day in the afternoon.
  • You will be expected to arrive in time for a briefing meeting on Saturday afternoon, and leave on the following Saturday morning.
  • The Children’s and Youth venues are located in various rooms within the Pencil Factory buildings.

“Serving on the Keswick for Kids team with an amazing group of dedicated people wanting to share the love of Jesus with young ones has been a real highlight”

Volunteers are required to: 

  • be aged 18 years or older 
  • be a committed Christian who is regularly attending and active in a local church 
  • be able to complete an online application and provide details of 2 referees – one who must be a leader within your church. Neither can be related to you.  
  • if asked, able to obtain a clear Enhanced DBS check for Keswick Ministries 
  • confirm their agreement to and abide with the Keswick Ministries beliefs, values & code of conduct

Full-time volunteers will receive:  

  • free accommodation  
  • three meals a day  
  • reimbursement of reasonable travel expenses  
Keswick Ministries