VOLUNTEER WITH US
WE’RE ALWAYS HAPPY to hear from people interested in volunteering. If you’re curious about Forest School, looking to get back into work, just finished uni/school or are looking for a new career in education this might be just the opportunity for you.
If you’re looking for a challenge, wishing to gain experience in Forest School or education and want to know more, give us a call or drop us an email. The sessions are mainly delivered by Jude, an experienced primary school teacher and qualified Forest School leader. You’ll be given hands-on experience, guidance and instruction on how to introduce skills, crafts and games to children. When the children are playing you’ll help them stay safe and play with, or alongside them to promote play. In time you’ll be given opportunities to deliver parts of a session and lead small groups if you want to. We’re particularly interested in hearing from trainee Forest School leaders or Level 1/2 Forest School Assistants who want to develop their practice and network.
Some of the individuals we’ve met through voluntary positions have become paid subcontractors, it’s good to network with other people with a love for Forest School and gain experience.
This position is subject to an enhanced DBS check and we will require two references.
These are some of the things volunteers who have worked with us say:
From a survey of five volunteers who had worked with us during 2019-20 (Survey Monkey, Feb 2020) 100% of volunteers reported working with Be Free had improved their self-confidence and had had a significant impact. All volunteers felt they ‘were valued’, ‘had learned additional skills’, ‘were given regular, constructive feedback on how they lead or supported learners in sessions’, and were ‘likely to continue volunteering for Be Free in the future’.
Forest school encourages independence, allows choice and risk taking. This is only possible with a high ratio of adults to children, which is why volunteers are so important – thank you!