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Toddler Group Volunteer - Ilford Salvation Army

Salvation Army, Ilford

The Daisychain Carer and Toddler group is for children aged between 0-4 years and their carers. The group depends on committed volunteers who are passionate about showing hospitality and hope to families in our local community.  Working alongside other volunteers, you'll prepare the venue, welcome carers and toddlers to the group, support play and social interaction for children and fellowship for parents and carers, helping to make the toddler group a great place to be.

Main tasks and responsibilities

  • Support toddler team leaders by encouraging good behaviour.
  • Encourage children to participate fully.
  • Help to keep activities running smoothly with tasks such as taking the register or helping to set up the room.
  • Build good relationships with parents/carers and the children attending the group.
  • Build strong relationships with other volunteers. 
  • Share good news stories and feedback ideas about how to make the toddler group a great place to be.
  • Communicate your availability with the volunteer coordinator, including lateness and absences.

Benefits to volunteer

  • You will gain excellent skills and experience working with children, running fun and educational activities, leadership, teamwork and planning.
  • You will meet lots of new people from all walks of life. 
  • You will develop interpersonal skills, communication skills and practical skills, i.e. preparing food.
  • You will really feel and see the difference that you are making to the lives of children and their carers in our community.
  • There is opportunity to access relevant training courses. 
  • You will be given training via our learning system to help develop you in this role, i.e. safeguarding and food hygiene training. 
  • Basic reference after three months regularly volunteering. 

What skills do I need?

Skills, attributes, experience and qualifications

  • Volunteers must be friendly and welcoming to the children and their parents/carers. 
  • Regular commitment to activities, aims and objectives of The Salvation Army.
  • Willing to work within the Christian ethos of The Salvation Army but respectful of people of all faiths, cultures and backgrounds.
  • Good interpersonal/communication skills.
  • Commitment to safeguarding and protecting vulnerable children/adults, professional confidentiality and to raise concerns where necessary.
  • Ability to follow guidelines and direction from the team leader.
  • Ability to work as part of a team.
  • You don't need to have prior experience but having an interest in working with children is required.

  • Minimum age requirement: 18+
  • Minimum age for volunteers accompanied by a responsible adult: 16+

When do I need to be available?

Morning Afternoon Evening

Volunteering takes place at Ilford Salvation Army, 15 Clements RD, IG1 1BH on Thursadys from 9.30am - 12pm. Volunteers can support weekly, fortnightly or monthly during term time. There is a minimum commitment of three months.

Where does this role take place?

15, Clements Road

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Register your interest

We limit the number of roles you can initially express an interest in to 3 opportunities. Please only register an interest in 3 roles maximum.

  • Ideal for people interested in
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  • Basic reference can be provided
  • Induction provided
  • Training provided
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  • Volunteer will have named supervisor
  • Volunteer will have regular one to one supervision meetings
  • Written role description
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  • Accessible toilet facilities
    There are accessible toilet facilities onsite.
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  • Expenses reimbursed
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