Information for New Helpers 

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  • Types of Projects 
  • Types of Volunteers
  • Packing List
  • Idea of activities 
  • Travelling
  • Socials
  • Benefits of Volunteering
Types of Projects

Main Projects
Hippocampus is our summer project for younger kids, from the age of 6, and those who would prefer to go on a non-residential project. Each week we take around 15 children although they don’t stay on site – we pick them up from home each morning and drop them off in the evening.

Mornings are spent playing with other children and helpers on site. We have a large sports hall for active games but kids can also take part in craft, face painting, Lego, cake decorating or just having a quiet chat.

We normally have lunch in a local park before heading offsite for more activities. Visits include swimming, farm visits, maize maze, horse riding and trips to nearby beaches.

The smaller number of children compared to our Residential Project means that the kids benefit from lots of helper attention which they really enjoy.


Residential project runs throughout the school summer holidays, based at a site in North Yorkshire. For many of our children this is only chance they have to escape the city.

We take around 30 children (aged 8-13) each week who would not otherwise receive a holiday or who need a break from home for whatever reason. Children are split into small activity groups based on age and gender. There are normally five children in each group with two or three helpers, meaning each child receives a great deal of positive adult attention.

Both adults and children stay overnight on site and spend time there during the day where they are able to make use of our bouncy castle, large outdoor space (perfect for football and large group games) and craft room (helpers are often seen sporting fashionable face paint!).

Most days, groups are taken offsite in our minibuses to a range of fun activities in the local area. Some favourites include trips to the beach, swimming, horse riding, farm visits, adventure parks, ice skating, trampoline parks… the goal is to tire everyone out! Evenings are also busy, with activities such as campfires, BBQs, enjoying fish and chips in the park and scary night walks.

A large number of our kids and helpers come back to the same Residential project year after year – but newcomers are always welcomed. You will quickly understand the Campus spirit – there’s always someone to have fun with and there’s always someone to help you with whatever you need.

Other Projects
Winter Project
Young Helpers Projects

Types of Volunteers
  • Domestics

– Helps with cleaning and cooking

  • New Helpers

– Helps with children’s bedtime, wake up, activities and supervision

  • Experienced Helpers

– Helps look after new helpers and the children so new helpers are supported

  • Coordinators
  • – Look after helper wellbeing
    – Plans activities
    – In charge of safeguarding on their projects
Packing List
  • Clothes
  • Medication (will be locked up in the office)
  • Towel
  • Sleeping bag
  • Two pairs of trainers
  • Pillow (non-essential)
  • Hot water bottle (non-essential)
  • Snacks (non-essential)
  • Medication
  • Phone and charger
  • Requested documents e.g. DBS, Driving Licence, First Aid Certificate
List of activities you may do on a project
  • Swimming
  • Trampolining
  • Bouncy house (onsite)
  • Going to the park
  • Salsa
  • Cooking
  • Fun Fair
  • Bushcrafts
  • BBQ
Travelling to site

Your coordinator will be in contact with you about train times and the site location.
You will likely be picked up by fellow volunteers or the campus mini van from the train station.

Volunteer Socials!!
  • Helper treats
  • End of Project Socials
  • End of Summer Projects
  • Possible Other Socials
  • Executive Committee Socials
Benefits of Volunteering
  • Its very fun!!!
  • Get references for your CV
  • Experience with children
  • Experience with child wellbeing, risk assessments and safeguarding
  • Fun socials
  • The volunteers are very friendly and welcoming
Behaviour management
  • Stay calm
  • Remain consistent with consequences and rewards
  • Treat the children with respect
  • Provide options
  • Provide space
  • Deescalate
  • Ask or help from helpers and coordinators
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