Appeal for Hackney volunteers to help children

A charity which helps give children a boost is appealing for more volunteers to get involved in their work In Hackney schools.

Kids Company, founded in 1996 by Camila Batmangehlidjh, provides services which reach 14,000 children

across London and works in 41 schools in some of London’s most deprived areas.

Kids Company promotes and supports the emotional wellbeing of children in school by providing services including one-to-one and group therapy, art workshops, social work intervention and occupational therapy. “We would welcome more general volunteers from the Hackney area to go into their schools as part of the Kids Company team,” said Carina Georgiades, the Kids Company

Schools Programme Manager.

She added: “It is generally difficult for people to get volunteer work with children and we can provide opportunities for this. We welcome people with a special interest which they can

share with the children. For example, we have had an architect, actors, animators as well as parents and members of the local community volunteering in our school teams.”

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Volunteers in Kids Company school teams run breakfast clubs, lunchtime groups and after-school clubs for such activities as crafts, art, sport, cookery, drama and music. They also provide help with literacy and one-to-one mentoring as well as running parenting groups.

Contact to volunteer.