The OK Club (UKD-48)


Type: Children, Education, Youth, Cultural Exposure - Country: United Kingdom

Brief description and main aims

The OK Club is a youth club in Kilburn, North-West London. The OK Club originated from the Oxford Boys’ Club Trust which was formed in 1958. The following year the disused St. Luke’s Hall was purchased (site of the current OK Club) and with the support of local young people and helpers from nearby churches, the significant refurbishment required was carried out. The Club opened officially in 1961.

Main Activities

The OK Club now offers a range of activities and opportunities in the afternoons and evenings for children and young people aged 5 – 18 from the local area. The OK Club works with young people and their families to help build character and capabilities, as they grow into active and engaged adults. We will provide opportunities for young people to explore their spirituality and their place in the world, and build positive relationships they can rely on. The OK Club works closely with the local churches and their work is motivated by their Christian Faith.

The OK Club has sessions for children and young people aged between 5 and 18 years old.

Volunteer tasks

Volunteers at OK Club work with the children and young people using the centre. Volunteers help to run the various youth and children’s club sessions that take place during the week. Activities in the sessions vary but can include, team games, arts and craft, table tennis, board games, baking, sports, topical discussions, football, etc. Volunteers are also involved in the planning, preparation and admin of the different sessions. Volunteers are an active member of the team at the OK Club, they receive training and guidance in their role from staff.

WORK HOURS:

Volunteers will work 35 hours a week, normally from Monday to Friday. Hours vary depending on the sessions but typically shifts are 5 – 8 hours and work is usually in the afternoons and evenings.

Volunteer requirements / Skills

The OK Club are looking for volunteers who are motivated to work with young people and who have a proactive approach to work. They need to be calm, friendly, reliable and patient and be able to provide motivation to the children and young people using the centre. Volunteers should be sympathetic towards the organisations aims and values of Christianity and the Christian ethos of the centre.

Volunteers must be over 18 years old.

Location

The OK Club is based in South Kilburn, which is in the London Borough of Brent (North West London). It is an urban area that is undergoing regeneration. There are excellent transport links and easy access to central London and all facilities associated with a large cit

Hosting Situation (Board and Lodging)

Volunteers are provided with accommodation at Christian Holt House which is on the same site as the OK Club but separate from where the club’s activities take place. Volunteers have their own room but share the other facilities (bathroom, kitchen, etc.) with other volunteers and staff. There is no alcohol or smoking allowed on site and there are restrictions on visitors.

The Christian Holt House has a communal food allowance and food is shared among all the residents. Volunteers prepare food either for themselves or together with the other residents

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