Activity Leader

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Hosted by: Girls Friendly Society (GFS)
Opportunity Description: We are looking for women from the local community who are passionate about helping girls reach their potential by offering new experiences and supporting them to make new friends. We are looking for students who would like to volunteer and would be happy to share their skills and interests with the girls through a range of activities including arts and crafts, stem, skills for life, sports and community participation.

GFS Activity Leaders are people who want help deliver fun and inspiring sessions to girls and young women, with the opportunity to lead on certain tasks.
What you will be doing:
• Engaging with and listening to girls and young women weekly, to make them feel supported, valued and inspired to try new things.
• Treating every girl with respect and kindness, helping her to feel proud of who she is.
• Helping run activities for the girls, organising any materials needed for the sessions and helping with set up, tidy up and refreshments
• Supporting and contributing to termly planning team meetings to create a programme of activities alongside the Group Leader/Coordinator. We’ll also provide support through themed session plans and step-by-step activity guides on the GFS website.
• Leading on activities as agreed with the volunteer team
• Sharing ideas and feedback given by the girls to the Group Leader/Coordinator to help create a truly girl-led termly programme.
• Creating great relationships with girls’ parents and share any issues or feedback that they raise, with your Group Leader/Coordinator.
• Helping with First Aid or Food Hygiene in the group as needed
• Posting photos of activities on the group’s facebook page
• Keeping girls safe by informing your GFS Staff contact about any issues or concerns for girls’ wellbeing and report safeguarding concerns that you, or any other volunteers, have as soon as possible.
• Taking the online register and collecting subs from the girls.
• Recording and monitoring income and expenses you incur in relation to the group.
• Treating every girl, parent, volunteer and task within the GFS values of being girl-focused, brave, feminist, ambitious, inclusive and fun.
• Understanding GFS policy and procedures and follow them, especially safeguarding
Type of Activity: Youth Work
Areas of Interest: Women's Groups, Youth
Skills: Creative, Practical, Leadership, Interpersonal
Who we are looking for: What makes an Activity Leader?
• Happy to be a supportive member of the volunteer team, helping out wherever needed and communicating with the Group Leader/Coordinator and fellow volunteers about availability
• A passion for building the confidence of girls and young women through fun and inspiring activities
• Ideas for activities to run with girls or a willingness to learn about how to plan and run activities
• Willing to take a training course in First Aid or Food Hygiene
• Help to report and safeguarding or wellbeing concerns to GFS staff as soon as possible
• Able to work with and within diverse communities
Requirements: Will require a Criminal Record Check (DBS)
Suitable for: People with Visual Impairment, Indoors, School Students, Long Term Commitment, University Students, People Seeking Work, Older People
Practical considerations: We are ideally looking for people who could commit to a minimum of a year’s volunteering (term time only). On a weekly basis, volunteers would commit to roughly 3 - 4 hours per week, plus an extra 2 hours for planning every term.
Recruitment method: Application Form, Informal Discussion, Interviews, Police Checks, References
Disabled Access details: Yes
Expenses details: We will reimburse reasonable travel expenses to and from the group
Any Age/Gender restrictions: For our roles that work directly with girls, we can only accept women volunteers under the provisions of the Equality Act 2010.
Support for volunteers with additional needs: Yes, we aim to offer reasonable adjustments where we can, we assess this on a case by case basis
Induction Arrangments: Induction is provided
Insurance Cover: Yes
Support Available: Volunteers have a member of GFS staff who is their point of contact
Training: Training includes:
Safeguarding training
Orientation welcome session
Engaging with girls and young women
Running a session
Planning a programme