There are lots of ways to get involved with volunteering at 21 Together. All our volunteers are part of an amazing team and can access great training opportunities. For those looking to forward their careers, it can provide excellent experience for CV’s and give you a real insight into working with children with SEN. We offer the chance to work in a service which is supervised and clinically run by Symbol UK LTD, they are the national experts in speech and language therapy for children with Down’s syndrome. Their experience goes far and beyond speech therapy, they work with children and adults to build life skills, social skills and work skills. An opportunity not to missed. All our volunteers are required to undergo an enhanced DBS check and we ask for one professional reference. The different volunteer roles are outlined below.
Our Saturday Helper is responsible for letting families in and out of the building, being in the waiting area to talk to families and being on standby to help out in the groups when needed. You will also act as a ‘middle man’ between the groups and the parents to give the therapy staff time to prepare for the next groups. If you were doing a regular slot we may also ask you to provide some support for parents and sign post other services (you would get training for this). This role can be taken on a regular or a rota basis. If you could spare one Saturday a month or even every six weeks that could really help us.
Holiday Camp Helper
This role is working directly with the children and young people through our holiday speech camps. This would be supporting young people over three consecutive days whilst building communication and life skills. The groups are a lot of fun and we have a real range of children and young people attending. Some will need 1:1 support whilst others will be working in larger groups. Some will be working on small step goals around behaviour and being able to participate in groups, whilst others are working on high level social and life skills. Either way it is an immensely rewarding role where you are directly supervised by Symbol trained therapists as well as our own co-workers. These groups move around Kent so some may be in your area and some require travel. The charity are able to cover your travel costs if needed. This role is particularly suited to those who have experience working with children and /or studying relevant subjects such as SEN studies or speech and language therapy.
Fundraising and Course Assistants
We are looking for people who can spare the occasional day to help us at events and courses. They would help us with the behind the scenes jobs like tea breaks, lunches, set up, tidy up and any other roles that crop up through the day. This frees up staff to work directly with the children and young people or allow us more time for fundraising and forward planning. It all makes such a difference.