Volunteer with KEEN

Volunteer with KEEN London

If you enjoy sports and fun, have some spare time at the weekend and would like to help children with additional needs, KEEN London could be the rewarding volunteering opportunity for you!

At KEEN London sessions, you will learn new skills, make new friends, add some useful experience to your CV, and have a tremendous amount of fun. No experience is necessary: we provide all training and we’d love to welcome you to provide one-to-one support for the amazing KEEN London athletes.

No previous experience of working with children or disabilities is required, just enthusiasm and energy! We provide full training and support and always pair new coaches with more experienced volunteers. Before your first session, you will attend an induction where you will learn about working with children with additional needs, child safeguarding and behaviour management.

We ask coaches to attend at least five KEEN sessions, with a frequency of at least one session per month, but there is no maximum limit — you can come as many times as you like! After your first five sessions, you’ll receive a KEEN London t-shirt and we award badges for frequent attenders. Experienced coaches are given the opportunity to become sessions leaders, receive additional training and attend our fantastic residential trips.

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Where and when

KEEN meets:

  • Saturdays during term-time in Vauxhall, Lambeth, South London, from 10.30am to 1.15pm
  • Saturdays during term times in Dalston, Hackney, East London from 12.45pm to 3.15pm
  • Sundays during term times in Tufnell Park, Camden, North London from 10.30am to 1.15pm AND 1.30pm to 4.15pm

Once you begin with us, for child protection reasons, you will be asked to complete a DBS check (we will help you with this) and agree to abide by our code of practice as taught during our induction and training sessions.

Becoming a KEEN volunteer

Becoming a KEEN London coach is straight-forward and we can guarantee a rewarding and fun volunteering experience. You can read the full volunteer coach role description here.

KEEN Coaches must be 16 or over. Other than that you do not need any qualifications, just a sense of fun! Getting started is very simple:

  1. Fill in the application form online
  2. You will be sent status emails of how your application is going.
  3. During the processing we will contact your referee and you may be asked for your CV.
  4. Once we hear back from your referee, you will be invited to attend an induction session.

Induction training takes place at the KEEN office in Dalston, Hackney on various weekday evenings throughout the year.

What is KEEN London?
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Help support KEEN with fundraising

KEEN London is the only charity in London providing one-to-one support at free sports and activity sessions for children with additional needs.

See our athletes at regular sessions, on days out and on residential trips away from home in the KEEN gallery.

If you would like to support our work, there are many ways you can help us raise the funds we need.

Volunteers say…

I’ve been volunteering for almost two years now. I started doing it because I wanted to use some of my spare time to help people in my local community. I think London can feel so big and impersonal and it’s easy to become self-involved — I wanted to avoid that and do something to make life easier for the people around me.

I’ve never worked with children professionally and my career is not at all child-oriented, so it was all very much outside of my comfort zone when I started. I have learned so much from the kids and become a more rounded person myself, so it’s been a great experience.

Olivia, KEEN volunteer

I think what keeps me coming back is knowing that you really are making a difference to the children’s lives even in just a small way, you can see week to week how they start to interact with each other more and become more confident with getting involved with the games because everyone is there as a group encouraging. All the athletes are really lovely too. Plus it’s good fun playing all the games anyway, it doesnt feel like volunteering your time!

Laura, KEEN volunteer

A very enthusiastic friend who volunteers with KEEN got me involved; and now there’s no going back. On Sundays I get to play games I haven’t played since my childhood and if it’s possible I think I enjoy them even more now! The athletes are great and what’s more, I’ve met some great people who I hope become friends for life.

Kelly, KEEN volunteer

I got involved with KEEN through the Vodafone world of difference programme and really enjoy the Sunday morning sessions. I find it a rewarding and exciting experience to interact with the enthusiastic and energetic kids while allowing their parents/carers a couple of hours respite. I have also really enjoyed getting to know the other volunteers who, just like me, are still kids at heart.

Alex, KEEN volunteer

KEEN London is great place where you can meet superb people and have loads of fun.

Edyta, KEEN volunteer

KEEN is a fun, friendly and active way to let off steam, both for athletes and coaches. What makes it so successful is the enthusiasm and the familiarity as coaches and athletes develop friendships that grow.

Charlotte, KEEN volunteer

Volunteering for KEEN is a wonderful way to spend your free time. It’s a pleasure to get to know and develop the athletes and the sessions and trips are lot of fun. 

It’s well-organised and the coordinators provide lots of training and support. You only need to commit to volunteering once a month but most coaches attend a lot more than that, as it’s so enjoyable and rewarding. Would definitely recommend to any Londoners looking for volunteering opportunities!

Rachel, KEEN volunteer

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