Volunteer Play Worker (Islington & Enfield Specialist Family Support)

We are looking for individuals with professional or lived experience of working with children. Our volunteer playworkers are passionate about play and providing a welcoming and safe space for all children.

About the Role

As a volunteer play worker, you will work in partnership with the Specialist Family Support Worker in the planning and delivery of play sessions. Most children will be between the ages of 2-5 years.

Play sessions will be child-centered and age-appropriate, and will include arts and crafts, sensory play and free play with toys/resources in the refuge. Working with the Specialist Family Support Worker, you will be able to respond to the individual needs of the children and adapt sessions as needed. You will record your observations on each child at the end of the session and reflect on how the sessions went with Specialist Family Support Worker.

You will be supported by the Specialist Family Support Worker in monthly supervisions. This is a space to discuss your volunteering role, what is going well for you and areas of support you need.

We are looking for volunteers to support one session per week, either:

  • Wednesday 10am – 1pm (Islington)
  • Friday 12pm – 3pm (Enfield)  

You will be expected to participate in setting up and in the evaluation of the session. You may also be asked your availability to attend additional sessions and trips to be held over school half terms.

Who are we looking for?

We are looking volunteers who have:

  • Professional and/or lived experience of working with children
  • Understanding of the impact of domestic abuse on children and young people
  • A strengths-focused approach to working with challenging behaviour
  • Knowledge of Safeguarding Children and Child Protection Procedures, or who are willing to learn
  • Commitment to attend Safeguarding, Health and Safety, and Equality and Diversity training with Solace Women’s Aid
  • Ability to communicate effectively with children aged 0-5, parents and staff
  • Basic knowledge of child development
  • Organisation and time management skills

Although not essential, we would welcome applications from volunteers who have a formal qualification in working with children, young people and families, or who have knowledge of trauma-informed approaches to working with children and young people.

What can you gain from this opportunity?

Volunteers will gain:

  • Experience of facilitating play sessions for children in recovery from domestic abuse
  • An insight into the experiences of children in recovery from domestic abuse.
  • Experience in working in partnership with Specialist Family Support Workers in the planning, delivery and evaluation of play sessions in a refuge/community setting.
  • Opportunity to attend training and social events with other Solace Women’s Aid volunteers.
  • Trauma-Informed Practice training from the Specialist Family Support Worker team.
  • Being part of a supportive team who aim to build on the strengths and skills of all our members.

We offer great volunteer induction training, where you will be fully supported to understand, and carry put every aspect of the role. Training includes CPD accredited courses, and the opportunity to apply to complete the level 3 Understanding Domestic Abuse Award (DAPA), which is recognized by the Home Office.

How to apply

Please read the Volunteer Role Description before you attempt to fill out the application form.

Please complete the Volunteer Application Form and ensure you clearly state the role you are applying for.

Please complete the Volunteer Equality Monitoring Form.

Send the completed Application Form & Monitoring Form along with your current CV to volunteering@solacewomensaid.org.

Please note that our volunteer opportunities are open to women only (exempt under the Equality Act 2010, Schedule 9, Part 1), and that these volunteer roles are exempt from the rehabilitation of offenders act 1974 and subject to enhanced DBS checks where applicable.

Applications which are incomplete will not be reviewed. All our roles are during office hours only unless stated otherwise.


Location: Enfield or Islington

Hours: 3 Hours per week

Contract type: 6 months minimum


Closing date: 30/04/2024 12:00 am