Anybody who wishes to be considered as a new helper will be asked to complete an application form, provide references, attend meetings with one or more camp representatives and you MUST complete an enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) application checked against the children's barred list.
Unfortunately, the SVP cannot guarantee that everybody who offers their services will in fact be chosen to go to camp. It is essential that all helpers going to camp have something to offer, other than just their time, AND that they will fit into the ethos of an SVP camp.
If you are interested in volunteering for camp, then please contact Tony O'reilly on email@example.com
- Training - Following your successful application and after your references have been checked, you will be asked to undertake several mandatory training sessions covering key issues of Safeguarding and Health & Safety. The wellbeing of both the adult helpers and the young people who attend camps is an absolute priority for the SVP.
- Getting to know the other helpers – As you will be working as part of a team, it is essential that you get to know the other helpers as quickly as possible. Many will have years of experience and so they may be able to advise you about best practices. But please don't think that as this may be your first year on camp, you do not have a lot to offer – new helpers can bring fresh and exciting ideas. So please feel free to ask, challenge and contribute your ideas from the outset.
- Getting to know how your camp runs - It may be difficult to understand the running of your camp until you have experienced it for yourself. But it's important that you find out as much as you can about camp before you arrive. So, ask someone to describe the site, and daily activities and responsibilities as well as where people sleep, eat, play etc. There will also be pictures of camp which can help you get a better understanding of the set up.
The SVP has provided a one-week camp for young people (aged 9-12 years old) in need from the Stockport, Hyde and Wythenshawe areas for over seventy years. We do not restrict our thinking in terms of our target audience who are put forward by SVP conferences, schools and social services. Someone from the SVP will normally visit each family unit to determine the need.
The Camp is run by volunteers who give their time for free, and who see the benefits of providing a group of young people with a holiday they would not otherwise have received. The camp has a lot of experienced helpers who have attended camp from 2 to 37 years, and we always welcome new helpers, who bring fresh ideas.
Helpers do not have to be experienced in working with young people, but must be motivated to provide a fun and exciting holiday experience, and recognise that they will be “working” long hours each day.
All our helpers must be at least 18 years old on the day that they arrive at Camp.
We create an environment where each child is respected and encouraged, so that they discover new talents in themselves. Just like the children, every helper is different. We all need patience and good humour, but everyone has gifts to bring - and the different children need helpers who are sporty, helpers who are gentle, helpers who are energetic, helpers who are good listeners, etc.
From the moment the children wake up, until they go to sleep, we hope that there is always something for them to do. This takes a lot of energy! But the atmosphere is superb, everyone gets involved together, and new people are always paired up with experienced helpers.
New helpers are required to undergo a selection process and, along with existing helpers attend a training day to receive health & safety and safeguarding training.
Each helper will have to:
- Complete a Helpers Application form,
- Undergo an informal interview,
- Complete an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check,
- Provide the names and contact details of two references.
You can apply to help at the Camp via online or printed application form, both available here.
We do not charge our volunteers to attend Camp.
Both adults and young people will be provided with water-proof coats and trousers, plus any specialist kit needed for the activities, when we arrive at camp Additionally, we suggest basing your packing on the children’s' packing list.
Documents for registered helpers
These documents are available for existing helpers only. Please get in touch if you don't have the password.