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Volunteers with Kids

SHIP and SPLASH provide a unique opportunity to develop citizenship and leadership among our young volunteers, most of whom end up committing themselves long-term to our charity. Their view is that they get as much out of it as the children they support, and it has an enormous positive impact on their social and life skills. The Volunteers quickly realise what a huge responsibility they have, and equally how rewarding it is to support those who face great challenges with everyday life.  

During SHIP Youth Club and SPLASH Play Scheme, each child receives 1:1 support from a trained Volunteer, and the Volunteers are in turn supported by employed Play Leaders. Volunteers receive payment to cover expenses for the days they have volunteered.

SHIP and SPLASH carry out lots of fundraising throughout the year which volunteers can choose to be involved in. 

Volunteers are offered certification in MV awards and recognition for Duke of Edinburgh Award.

We have recently started a Volunteer Committee which meets once a month and decides on work rotas and play schedules for the coming month. The Volunteers have come up with some very creative ideas for the youth clubs, including cooking,arts and crafts and even guitar making from margerine tubs!

Volunteer Training

If you become a Volunteer with SHIP Youth Club and SPLASH Holiday Play Scheme you will be supported through a variety of relevant training, including:

  • Child Protection
  • Makaton
  • Challenging Behaviour

There is also an on-going training programme built into the Holiday Play Scheme, with particular emphasis on understanding conditions such as autism and the difficulties of having a learning disability.


A Day In The Life Of A Volunteer
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SHIP Youth Club runs on a Monday and Tuesday night during school term and there is a rota for Volunteers to help out. At Youth Club, Volunteers are paired with a child for that evening.  Their role is to ensure the child has fun and stays safe whilst participating in activities available. 

For the SPLASH Holiday Play Scheme, Volunteers arrive at Glenearn Community Campus for 9am. Whilst waiting for the children to arrive, the Volunteer is given a profile sheet for the child they have been paired with for the day. This gives invaluable information the Volunteer needs to know about the child.
We have a group meeting with the Play Leaders and Volunteers to discuss how the previous day went, where we will be going today, and highlighting any potential risks.
At approximately 10am, the children start to arrive and are introduced to their Volunteer for the day.  As a Volunteer, you will talk to the parent / carer to ensure you know as much information as possible to help the child have a great day.  There is then a short time for the child to choose an activity to do with the Volunteer until the bus arrives.
Once on the bus, the Volunteer sits next to their child and interacts with them, talking about the trip and other things of interest to the child.
We visit a variety of places such as Edinburgh Zoo, Auchingarrich Wildlife Park, Fife Animal Park, soft play, parks etc.  Volunteers must ensure that they stay with their child at all times, doing what the child wants to do, keeping them safe and making sure they are having a good time. At lunchtime the Volunteer sits with their child and encourages, and if necessary assists, the child with their lunch.
Play Leaders are on hand throughout the day should the Volunteers have any problems. and all volunteers have the Play Leaders mobile phone numbers on their phone to ensure that is help and assistance is available at all times. If a Volunteer does not have a phone then they will be paired with another Volunteer who does.
On the return journey the Volunteers complete a parent communication form so the parents can see what their child has been doing and how they have been during the day.  This sheet also has a section for the parents to make any comments back to the Volunteer.
We arrive back to Glenearn Campus at approximately 4pm (sometimes 5pm). The Volunteer must stay with their child until they have been picked up and signed out by their parent / carer.

Opening Times

SHIP (youth club)
Mon  7.00pm – 9.00pm (age 12+)
Tues 6.30pm - 8.00pm (age 5-12)
(Cost £5.00/session)

SPLASH (holiday play scheme)
Mon & Thurs 10am-4pm (age 5-12)
Tues & Fri 10am-4pm (age 12+)
(Cost £15.00/session)

Easter holidays – one week
October holidays – one week
Summer holidays – five weeks

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Glenearn Community Campus, 

Glenearn Road, Perth, PH2 0BE

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Funding Partners
Bank of Scotland Foundation Awards supports SHIP The Gannochy Trust
Common Good Fund
Awards For All Scotland

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