Have fun, see Bristol and support local children to do the same at Saturday activity days
Campus and locations around Bristol
1 February, 15 February, 29 February and 21 March
Any applications made will be registered as interest for the 2020/21 programme
Branch Up Active provides extracurricular Saturday activity days for children aged 7-11 and student volunteers. So far this year we have had a sports day at the university and visited the zoo. The programme aims to improve confidence, offer new experiences and, primarily, facilitate fun!
The referred children often have challenging home lives, low confidence and no access to extracurricular activities outside of the programme. Having a disadvantaged background has a significant impact on a child’s educational attainment and on their social and emotional well-being and development.
Branch Up Active ensures these children have equal access to new opportunities and exposes them to positive role models. This improves their quality of life and helps to raise their aspirations.
As a volunteer you will work with a small group of children for the duration of the day. You will chat to them, support them throughout the day, and help them to engage with the other children and volunteers. Ultimately, your role is to help them have fun!
Sophie from Bristol Hub will be leading the day and will support you with any issues which arise. You will recieve details of the day beforehand through a brief and will have the opportunity to feedback afterwards in a debrief.
We ask that all volunteers attend training and get a DBS - which we pay for! This is to ensure you are prepared for your volunteering role. Ideally we want volunteers who are able to attend all four remaining sessions - 1 February, 15 February, 29 February and 21 March.
Communication, teamwork, leadership, adaptability, time management, safeguarding, behaviour management, pastoral support, mentoring, liaising with parents and customer service are all skills you will gain by taking part in Branch Up. This volunteering opportunity is excellent for anyone who wants experience working in schools and with young people, or is exploring a career in education/youth work.
All of our programmes are supported by students and staff. The staff team will be leading on your training throughout Branch Up, as well as any issues with the children the project supports. The staff team will be in touch with you during your placement to get mid-year and end of year feedback, which is required from all volunteers.
Bristol Hub is committed to being inclusive, and encourages all students to get involved. We can make reasonable adjustments to application processes, training sessions, your volunteering placement and other activities on a case-by-case basis. We also provide ongoing support for the students we work with, so if you have particular accessibility needs, including if you want to disclose a disability or educational needs, please do get in touch with Sophie at [email protected] and let us know how we can make the activity more accessible.
This project takes place on campus and around Bristol, so all activity day transport and activity costs will be organised for you. We only need you to bring your own lunch, ideally a healthy lunch to set a good example for the children.
Volunteering for Bristol Hub is social and you’ll have the chance to meet many like-minded people, but why not ask a friend to sign up with you too?
Email [email protected] who will be able to answer any questions and direct you to the Branch Up committee for any further help and support.