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Volunteer: Additional Needs Team

“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”

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.

Volunteers are required to: 

  • be aged 18 years or older, (aged 20 or older for the Youth Team)
  • 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