Child Support Volunteers
When We Need You
From 05/12/2007 onwards
The volunteer team provides support for our campers. They give positive encouragement and foster a strong sense of team spirit, faciltiating fun and friendship in a safe environment. A week at camp can transform the lives of the campers and volunteers. It is a place where the child/young person feels secure and comfortable and can recapture some of the confidence and self esteem that they may have lost when they became ill. For the siblings it is a chance for them to speak to others who have a brother/sister diagnosed with a serious illness. Both groups achieve a sense of independence through living away from home for a week and being able to establish their own identity. With this renewed confidence, they may be more able to face the challenges of the outside world, such as returning to school, going to college. Volunteers have described camp as a life enhancing experience, boosting confidence, broadening outlook, feeling positive and fulfilled with a whole new perspective on life.
About Over the Wall
Over The Wall (OTW) is a charity that organises residential camps for UK children and young people aged 8-17 who are affected by cancer & other serious illnesses. the mission statement of OTW is to provide fun, creative and challenging activities in a safe, medically supervised environment. It's fantastic!
Skills & Experience
An ability to put the needs of a child before your own Enjoy working with children Patience Supportive nature An appreciation that all young people are different A willingness to be a positve role model An awareness of professional boundaries
Camps are run at Bryanston School in Dorset and Glenalmond College near Perth. We will reimburse travel expenses to and from camp, to and from the training day in the UK. All food and accomodation is paid for while at camp so we really are only asking for your time.
Application Form, Induction/Training, Informal Chat, Interview, Police Check, References
Training and Induction Details
Both training days give preparation for working with children and young people affected by serious illnesses. Child protection, H & S are also included. Support is always offered at camp, a counselling service can be arranged if required.
Sports / Outdoor activities
Sport / Outdoor activities
Mileage is paid at 17p per mile, Volunteers send or can hand in receipts at the start of camp with expenses form and a cheque is then posted out.
No Wheelchair Access
No Disabled Toilet
Frequency & Commitment
Some camps differ but generally volunteers are required from Friday - Saturday. Smaller events take place during term time, but these are for returning volunteers that have received training.
Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age.
Opportunity Provided By
5 Dalrymple Court
Contact: East Dunbartonshire Voluntary Action
Tel: 0141 578 6680