Play Volunteer

PATH’s mission is to place play firmly at the heart of community life in Tower Hamlets. We work with residents and landlords, community groups and a range of organisations to bring about a positive, lasting change in the borough. PATH - Play Association Tower Hamlets

PATH play sessions and projects are all about getting children out playing and taking ownership of spaces near their homes.

We believe that play is an essential part of childhood and important for children’s healthy development. PATH Playworkers deliver high quality inclusive, creative and imaginative play sessions aimed children ages 5-13 and their families. The role of Play Volunteer will be to work with the Playworkers to prepare varied play activities and to talk to parents, carers and the wider community about the project, involving them in session delivery and sustainability. Play Volunteer will be an advocate for play at all times.


Volunteers will be supported by Playworkers at the sessions and the Play Development Manager, undertaking specific responsibilities as set out in this role description. You will volunteer as part of a team and an introduction to play training can be offered to local volunteers from Poplar.


Where? This opportunity is based in and around the Linc Centre, 70 Fern Street, E3 3PR

Main Responsibilities

  • Volunteer with Playworkers to ensure the delivery of high quality inclusive play opportunities.
  • Ensure safety and well being of children and young people attending the sessions.
  • Provide an appropriate environment and play props to support play opportunities suitable for children with and without disabilities. 
  • Preparing the site, a range of opportunities and the materials required.
  • Carry out day to day record keeping and observations of play mechanisms and types used by the children to improve quality and range of play offered.
  • Play Volunteers must be aware of the children and their individual needs at all times.
  • Attend meetings with line manager and other project staff as appropriate.
  • Carry out all responsibilities and activities within an equal opportunities framework.
  • Adhere to the policies and procedures set out by PATH and where appropraite Poplar HARCA too.


We are looking for motivated, energetic and enthusiastic volunteers. You will have excellent listening skills and the ability to empathise. As you will build relationships with children it is important that you are reliable and ideally you will be able to volunteer for at least three months on a regular weekly basis. All applicants must be 18 or over.

Sessions run on Thursdays and Fridays from 3pm - 6pm.

It is a bonus if you speak a non-English lanaguage prevalent in Tower Hamlets. You will have a basic awareness of health and safety practices and be commited to equal opportunities.


What can we offer?

  • We aim to provide a meaningful experience for you as a volunteer.
  • You will have a full induction followed by the right training and ongoing support.
  • You will have a named PATH and PH Contact and there will be opportunities for regular feedback so you can track your progress and work towards meeting your particular goals.
  • You will be prioritised for any further training we have on offer.
  • You will receive agreed ‘out of pocket’ travel and food expenses (for volunteering of 5 hours or more) with proof of receipts.
  • We will provide you with an honest reference regardless of how long you are with us.
  • We can promise a safe environment without discrimination and a supportive space to be in.

All volunteers will be required to complete an appliction form, attend an interview and to supply the details of two referees who are willing to provide a character reference. Volunteers must be 18 or over.

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If you are under the age of 18 we require permission from your parent or guardian prior to you volunteering

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Please provide contact details of two referees who are both willing to provide a character reference. This will involve answering questions on a range of topics from your strengths to areas for development and your time management.

Unfortunately we cannot accept references from family or friends. If possible, at least one referee should know you from work, education or volunteering. There are lots of people suitable to provide references, if you are struggling to think of anyone suitable please get in touch and we can discuss your options.

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Terri Calbraith

Volunteering Coordinator

0207 536 8865


Eleanor Image

Play Association Manager

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