About the local hosting organizationYMCA Fairthorne Group is a fast growing charity. Our mission is to champion and add value to young lives by providing experiences that challenge, enable and develop the individual. Fairthorne Manor, part of the Fairthorne Group, is an Outdoor Activity Centre and Campsite that delivers activities and events to over 30,000 children and families each year on both a residential and day basis.
About the volunteer workThe Family Park and campsite provides day and overnight camping and community activities for local families and holiday makers. It is a focus for community engagement offering a range of Instructor led activities and self led facilities and a beautiful wooded campsite with stream. Role As a volunteer you will support the Family Park & Campsite in all aspects of day to day life, including meeting and greeting visitors to the centre, checking campers in, supplying fire pits and other camping equipment, running outdoor activities and sports for both children and families, leading Campfires and story-times, serving food and drink behind the bar, maintaining the cleanliness and upkeep of both the indoor and outdoor environment, answering the phone and dealing with queries and much more. No two days will be the same, with a constant flow of campers, visitors, community activities and events; you will be the face of the Campsite and add enthusiasm and culture to everyone’s experience. Volunteer Specification: - Current and relevant skills and experience dealing with children, youth and adults in a community/sport/education environment - A caring and welcoming personality, able to communicate well and engage with a wide range of people, including children, staff, members of the public - To be active and have a general level of fitness as much of the role has a physical nature. - A genuine enthusiasm for supporting children/families and members of the public. - A genuine enthusiasm for the work of the organisation. - Willingness to learn new skills and undergo training. Experience Previous experience and knowledge dealing with children, youth and adults in a community/sport/Leisure environment. Volunteering Hours: You will normally volunteer five days per week, a regular week will be around 40 hours including evenings and weekends, however during our peak times this may increase, particularly during bank holiday weekends and around the Young Carers Festival.
Local accommodationAccommodation: All Volunteers receive food and on-site accommodation at Fairthorne Manor for free.
About the project locationThe Fairthorne Manor Estate is situated in a rural location and covers an area of 111 acres of grassland, woodland and a Family Campsite. It is located at the top of the Hamble River estuary and also includes a lake, ponds and a stream. The Local Area Botley is the nearest village to Fairthorne and is around 15 minutes walk away. It is a small English village with a train station, three pubs, a late opening general store, post office, cash point, hairdressers, and several restaurants. Southampton is the nearest large town / city which can be reached by train, it includes a large shopping centre as well as a waterfront with bars and restaurants, theatres, cinema’s and night-clubs. Free Time: During your volunteering period you will receive two days off in 7 (sometimes non consecutive) and in addition you will accrue 1 additional free day per month which can be scheduled with your line manager.
RequirementsAs Fairthorne works with children in what could be considered potentially hazardous situations, it comes under the jurisdiction of several regulatory bodies. These cover all aspects of our operation and focus on health and safety, child protection and hygiene issues. To comply with our policies and procedures all staff/Volunteers at Fairthorne Manor must be able to supply the following: 2 satisfactory references, including one from their most recent school/ college or employer. A clear Police Check from your home country.
Extra info about the projectTraining During the first few weeks of your stay at Fairthorne you will be given an induction to the Centre. Topics covered during this period include; Health and Safety, Child Protection, First Aid, the YMCA Way and activity training. Having completed this induction you will then have the opportunity to observe some of the activities taking place before actually assisting with the instruction. It will not be long before you are assisting with you first group, but the training does not stop there. After this initial period we will both have a better understanding of the activities you are most comfortable with and further training and an assessment will be given to enable you to take the lead and run the activity yourself. In fact this training is on going throughout your stay and you will be able to take advantage of this to gain experience in a wide range of activities.