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Chess Club Volunteer

If you have a love for chess and are passionate about teaching others the game, volunteer to run our weekly chess club. Students will progress through the levels each week, from first learning the basics, to casual matches with classmates, to a chess tournament to really boast their skills.

Above all, you will be bringing together a small part of the community over a shared interest and inspire others to get involved. So if you’re looking for a fun and people-oriented opportunity to support the community, apply below or give us a call.


Date: TBC (Mon, Tuesday, Wed or Fri between 12 – 4pm)

Location: St Pauls Way Community Centre

Useful Contacts

Sadia Yasmin
Volunteering Officer
0777 941 6360

Description of tasks

  • Create an inclusive and friendly atmosphere
  • To teach chess for beginners and build on as the sessions progress
  • To plan out how each session will run and factor in each student’s skill level
  • To oversee chess matches between students
  • To ensure that the room is set up and tidied away at the end of the session
  • To relay information from sessions to our centre staff








We are looking for a friendly and committed volunteer who has a genuine interest in playing and teach chess!

  • Good communication and speaking skills
  • Experience of playing chess
  • Be confident when teaching and demonstrating to the class
  • Demonstrate patience when supporting students
  • Organisational skills to plan a programme for future sessions
  • Fun, friendly and a people person
  • Enjoy bringing people together over a shared interest

What we can offer:

  • A full induction, followed by the right training and ongoing support
  • The opportunity to gain experience within a community setting
  • A named supervisor who will give you regular feedback, allowing you to track your progress and work towards meeting your particular goals
  • Priority for any further training we have on offer
  • ‘Out of pocket’ travel and food expenses with proof of receipt
  • An honest reference regardless of how long you are with us
  • A supportive space to be in and a safe, artistic environment without discrimination
  • Invitations to volunteer social events
  • Access to other volunteering opportunities

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