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Volunteering at KAP

Volunteering at King’s Arms Project

Are you passionate to see the most needy people in our town supported, fed and with a safe place to sleep each night?

Interested in joining a dynamic, exciting team? Have a look at the volunteer roles below, then fill in the form underneath if you’d like to know more…

Volunteer Pathways Course Tutor

The Pathways Team are always looking for volunteers who may have skills which could be developed into a short course to teach to our clients.  For example, Computer Skills, Art, Gardening, Woodwork, Cooking, Languages, Bike maintenance, Tiling, Acting/Performing Arts. Barbering. If you feel you have a skill which you would be happy to teach, please contact us.

Summary of tasks

The Pathways Volunteer is required to assist the team with the following:

  • Developing the curriculum to make a whole course structured into separate sessions.
  • Facilitating the course/s alongside the Pathways Team.
  • Building working relationships with the clients, to encourage, support and empower them.
  • Working with and reporting back to the Pathways team.
  • Assist in setting up and setting down the room before and after each course or event.

Volunteer Pathways Assistant

The Pathways Team serves to empower clients to make the journey from homelessness to belonging in community (this could include employment or other meaningful activities). The Pathways Volunteer will assist the Pathways Team, to develop and facilitate accessible activities and skills learning, provide one-to-one support to build community, trust and encourage progression.  Pathways do this by running informal sessions for clients to attend. These include ‘Coffee & Connect’, ‘Language Café’, and ‘Fun Fridays’, where the activities vary from playing cards, practising language, playing golf, or trips to visit places of interest.

Summary of tasks

The Pathways Volunteer is required to assist the team with the following:

  • Building working relationships with the clients, to encourage, support and empower them.
  • Working with and reporting back to the Pathways team.
  • Assist in setting up and setting down before and after each course or event.

Volunteer Accommodation Befriender

The Supported Accommodation Service offers housing, a high level of autonomy and independence, and tenancy support for a wide variety of people who have experienced homelessness and are moving toward independent living.

Summary of tasks

The Accommodation Volunteer Befriender is required to assist the Accommodation Team as they support clients with:

  • Planning and organising weekly visits/sessions.
  • Accompanying the client to shops, library, parks, community groups etc.
  • Researching and informing the client of events, activities and facilities in the local area and help them access these.
  • Working with, and reporting back to, the client’s support worker.
  • Helping with English practice.
  • Offering advice and information on cultural awareness & life skills.
  • Helping with integration into the local area.

Volunteer House Set Up Assistant

Our Supported Accommodation and Refugee & Migrant Teams often need additional help with setting up new houses for our clients to live in.  This is a short-term role and based on the timing of arrival of Refugee families or individuals moving into a shared Supported Accommodation house.

Summary of tasks

The House Set Up Volunteer is required to assist the teams with setting up warm and welcoming homes for their clients. This includes tasks such as:

  • Cleaning, preparing, and setting up new accommodation houses and rooms.
  • Sourcing, and collecting good quality furniture and other household items from IKEA, Argos, Dunelm, Facebook marketplace and charity shops.
  • Arranging deliveries for furniture and kitchen appliances.
  • Assist with assembling flatpack furniture, home set up and cleaning tasks.
  • Shopping (& delivering/putting away) for fresh and dry food items the day before a family arrives. We provide a comprehensive list and of course King’s Arms Project covers the cost of all items.
  • Making up beds and ensuring the house is clean, tidy, and welcoming before the family/individuals arrive.

Volunteer Refugee & Migrant Services Befriender

The Refugee & Migrant Services was developed in 2015 in response to the conflict in Syria and consequent refugee crisis. Since then, the R&MS Team has helped over 50 refugee families integrate into Bedfordshire, providing them with holistic, trauma informed support.

Summary of tasks

The Befriender Volunteer is required to assist the Refugee & Migrant Team with supporting their clients.

  • Helping with English practice
  • Getting to know the clients and building rapport to help them feel safe and welcome.
  • Discussing family, food, hobbies, goals, and interests.
  • Supporting clients to understand British culture, history and geography e.g. showing them photos of different places in the UK and famous sites.
  • Exploring their local area e.g. going to the park or local library.
  • Discussing the customs and culture of the client(s) home country.

Volunteer Holiday Club Assistant

The ESOL Team provides English language-based holiday club called ‘Kids United’, for primary school aged children from our refugee families. This runs in half term holidays and the first week of the summer holidays, Monday to Thursdays, 10-12:30pm.

Summary of tasks

The Volunteer Holiday Club Assistant will assist the ESOL Tutors and creche staff with the running of activities with small groups of children.

  • Assist the ESOL Tutors with the holiday club activities including outdoor games, crafts, board games, singing, snack time and supervising the children during story time.
  • Helping children improve their English.
  • Working with and reporting back to the ESOL Tutors and ESOL Team Leader.
  • Assist in setting up and setting down the holiday club before and after each day.

Volunteer Community Threads Assistant

Community Threads is a sewing club for the families that we support in our Refugee & Migrant Services Department, which runs on Tuesday mornings, 10am-12.30pm, in term time.  Many of these families have history of making their own clothes, or altering them, and this club serves to provide an opportunity to develop sewing skills, at the same time as language skills, and building genuine community.

Summary of tasks

The Community Threads Volunteer will help the ESOL tutor with the following:

  • Assist the ESOL Tutor to demonstrate sewing skills by hand and on machine.
  • Assist the club members with their sewing projects.
  • Working with and reporting back to the ESOL Tutors and ESOL Team Leader on learner progress and any feedback.
  • Assist in setting up and setting down the classroom before and after each session.

Volunteer ESOL Teaching Assistant

The Refugee & Migrant Services was developed in 2015 in response to the conflict in Syria and consequent refugee crisis.  The ESOL Team provides English language tuition to the adults of some of the Refugee families King’s Arms Project supports.

Summary of tasks

The Volunteer ESOL Teaching Assistant is required to assist the ESOL Tutors with the following:

  • Assisting the ESOL Tutors with one-to-one support for individual students within a classroom setting.
  • Offering advice and information on cultural awareness & life skills.
  • Working with and reporting back to the ESOL Tutors and ESOL Team Leader.
  • Encouraging the students to acquire study skills (g. file organisation, independence).
  • Assisting in setting up and setting down the classroom before and after each lesson.

Volunteer Language Club Assistant

The ESOL Team provides English language tuition to the adults of some of the Refugee families King’s Arms Project supports. The English Language Club takes place every Friday between 10-12pm in term time and is an informal English learning environment.

Summary of tasks

The following points are a guide to help with role definition. The Volunteer ESOL Teaching Assistant is required to assist the ESOL Tutors with the following:

  • Assisting the ESOL Tutors with leading small group discussions in English with the students.
  • Offering advice and information on cultural awareness & life skills.
  • Working with and reporting back to the ESOL Tutors and ESOL Team Leader.
  • Encouraging the students to acquire study skills (g. file organisation, independence).
  • Assisting in setting up and setting down the classroom before and after each lesson.

Volunteer ESOL Creche Assistant

The Refugee & Migrant Services was developed in 2015 in response to the conflict in Syria and consequent refugee crisis.  The ESOL Team provides English language tuition to the adults of some of the Refugee families King’s Arms Project supports. The Creche is involved alongside the Language Lessons, and provides a safe, high-quality, stimulating learning environment for the children of our supported families while they are undertaking language learning.

Summary of tasks

The Volunteer Creche Assistant is required to assist the ESOL Creche Team as they run the sessions with:

  • Contributing to the creation of a safe, welcoming, and inclusive environment for all children.
  • Helping ensure that the room is set up appropriately, prior to the children arriving and to ensure the room is packed away and returned to the same condition as when you arrived.
  • Providing a range of stimulating age-appropriate activities and ensuring the room is well-resourced and creatively set-up.
  • Working in partnership with all parents/carers, building and maintaining relationships that encourage trust, open communication, and involvement in Crèche life.
  • Being a good role model to the children and other staff members, at all times.

Interested in Volunteering?

Please complete this form to let us know which volunteer role(s) you would be interested in. This is simply an expression of interest at this stage.