Songs & Smiles Group Welcomer (volunteer)
Meet and greet everyone with a smile and bring fun and happiness to children, parents and care home residents at our singing and social group
About Songs & Smiles
Songs & Smiles is an intergenerational event that unites babies/toddlers, their parents/guardians and care home residents. It brings an incredible amount of joy to the residents, many of whom are unable to get out and about and can often feel isolated.
It also fulfils a vital role by introducing children to a generation that they might not otherwise regularly come into contact with. And parents/guardians benefit too, by meeting new friends and knowing they're making a positive impact in their community - all whilst having lots of fun.
Songs & Smiles follows a format that includes a mixture of singing, playing percussion instruments and moving to music. Afterwards we have Meet & Mingle time, where everyone can get to know each other over toys, drinks and a tasty biscuit or two.
You can read more about the sessions here.
what you'll be doing
You’ll be the person who welcomes parents/guardians and children, collects their £1 entry fee and helps things run smoothly. You’ll be writing out name badges so everyone can get to know each other, making sure everyone has a musical instrument, delighting young and old with the bubble machine and more!
Then afterwards you’ll be chatting with residents, parents/guardians and children. You’ll be partnered with a Songs & Smiles Group Leader, who’ll be there to lead the singing. You'll also be responsible for transferring the entry fee into our bank account each week.
In a wider sense, you’ll be creating happiness for lots of people: many residents tell us it’s the highlight of their week.
What we’re looking for
We’re looking for an enthusiastic, cheerful and welcoming person who’s happy to help. No previous experience is required.
This role would greatly suit a student, a retired person or perhaps someone who is currently not working or works part-time and has a few hours to spare. Some of our volunteers are parents who bring their young children with them.
Due to the nature of the role, we need someone who is comfortable around both very young children and elderly people, some of whom may have conditions such as dementia. Some of the homes we work with will require a DBS check for volunteers.
New skills and experiences
References provided after six months
Fun and sociability
Health and social care-related work experience
Meeting different people from your local community
Knowing you’ve made a real difference to people’s lives
location & commitment
You’ll be helping to run a one hour session, plus set-up and pack-down time, once a week or once a fortnight on a weekday at a care home.
Our current vacancies are in:
Leytonstone on Mondays 10.30-11.30am
Leyton on Mondays 11am-12pm
Leyton on Wednesdays 2.30-3.30pm
Forest Gate on Wednesdays 11am-12pm (from 18th Sept - 9th Oct)
Bow on Fridays 10.30-11.30am
We will be launching new sessions across north east London (including Walthamstow, Leytonstone, Chingford, Hackney and Tower Hamlets) from September onwards, so if you’d like to volunteer but none of the above sessions work for you, please drop us a line
Reasonable travel expenses will be reimbursed if agreed in advance.