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KEEN London

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KEEN London is a registered charity that runs activity sessions for children and young adults with learning, behavioural and physical disabilities. Our vision is that every child has the chance to enjoy games and leisure activities and none are left behind due to disability.

We provide free games and activity sessions with one-to-one support for children with special educational needs and disabilities. Over 100 families across London are members of the KEEN family and we provide more than 6,000 hours of supported care to disabled children every year.

Volunteer Coaches are needed to help out at our weekly activity sessions, taking place in parks and outdoor spaces across Hackney. You’ll work closely with the children we support (our 'athletes'), ensuring that they can access everything the session has to offer, and that they’re having fun at the same time! Your role is:

To help our athletes access the fun and games that the session has on offer. Our athletes have a wide variety of needs, interests, and personalities. You’ll tailor your support so that the athlete(s) you’re working with can engage fully with the session, and have fun while they’re doing it.

To support athletes in achieving their goals. At KEEN we want to motivate all our athletes to achieve their full potential. You’ll help our session coordinators develop individual goals for the athletes, track their progress, and give them lots of praise and encouragement along the way.

To get moving. At KEEN we believe that exercise and physical activity is for everyone, regardless of ability. We want our athletes to have a great time being active, making friends, and trying new things - and we want you to join in with them!

To have fun! Our athletes love working with energetic and enthusiastic people, and we will ensure that all of your effort and hard work will be rewarded with a great time.

No prior experience is needed for the role - we're just looking for energy, enthusiasm and a willingness to learn! You don't need to be an Olympian or even a member of a gym, as we want to show that sports, games and physical activity is for everyone, regardless of ability.

We offer full training and support, and a range of additional education sessions, including autism awareness and behaviour management, to help you support our athletes in the most effective way. We run coach socials and recognise long-term volunteers with t-shirts and badges, as well as advance signups to our day trips and special activities.

We ask that volunteers commit to attend at least 2 sessions a month (roughly 2 hours each) for a minimum of 6 months.

If you're interested in becoming a volunteer with KEEN London please complete an online application at www.keenlondon.org/volunteer, or get in touch at volunteering@keenlondon.org.

Josie Mizen

Further location details may be provided below.

Parks and outdoor spaces across East London, including Victoria Park, Clissold Park, Finsbury Park and Woodberry Wetlands. Sessions also take place in South London (near Vauxhall).

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Walking distance from Dalston Junction and Dalston Kingsland overground train stations. Bus routes nearby: 30, 38, 56, 67, 76, 149, 236, 243, 277, 488 Finsbury Park/Woodberry Wetlands/Clissold Park sessions are walking distance from Manor House and Finsbury Park stations. Bus routes nearby: 141, 341, 29, 253, 254, 259

One week

Please visit our website, keenlondon.org/volunteer, or get in touch at volunteering@keenlondon.org

Volunteers do not need any specialist skills or experience, but will need lots of enthusiasm and energy, as well as good communication and team-working abilities.

We offer full training and support to our volunteers, with opportunities to attend extension training in areas such as Autism Awareness, Makaton and Behaviour Management. The sessions are also an excellent way to develop skills such as communication, teamwork and problem-solving, and to develop an understanding of working with children and disability. We offer regular social events for volunteers and recognise our long term volunteers with t-shirts and badges, as well as advance sign-ups for popular events.

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