Winant Clayton Volunteers
St Margaret’s House Tel: 020 8983 3834 New York Office:
21 Old Ford Road email@example.com St Bartholomew’s Church
www.winantclayton.org.uk East 50th Street
Registered Charity No. 296101 London E2 9PL
Thank you for your interest in our volunteer exchange programme for summer
2010. Please read through these guidelines and be sure you’ve completed
everything on the checklist before you submit your application. As you will see, we
have highlighted a number of things to think about before you apply, so that you
can be sure the programme is right for you.
The included person specification tells you what we are looking for in our
volunteers and will help you in filling out the application form. If you do get an
interview, the questions we ask are geared towards ensuring that you meet the
person specification. It is worth remembering that we are not necessarily looking
for people with loads of experience with voluntary/community work. Rather we
want people from all walks of life to have this unique experience. What really
matters is the type of person you are, your willingness to do community work, and
your enthusiasm for the programme.
The closing date for applications is 28th February 2010 but avoid the rush by
completing yours as soon as possible! You’ll be notified by email if you’ve been
selected for an interview, which will take place in London and probably in March.
The application form can be filled in online and submitted via email. Handwritten
applications will also be accepted, but we prefer them typed if possible! They can
be posted to our London office at the address above. To help with our admin costs
there is a £20 application fee for all applications, details of payment can be found
in the guidelines.
Good luck with the application!
With best wishes
IMPORTANT THINGS TO CONSIDER BEFORE APPLYING
You must have a valid BRITISH or IRISH passport. It must be valid for at least 6
months from your time of departure. Check or apply for your passport now.
You need to be fit and mobile for all our current placements. If this is an issue
for you, please contact the office.
American summers can be very hot and humid. We cannot guarantee that your
living and working conditions will be air conditioned so if you have a health
condition, such as certain types of allergies or asthma or high blood pressure,
make sure that the adverse weather conditions won’t be a problem for you.
We require successful candidates to undergo a Criminal Records check as our
placements are with vulnerable groups. Previous convictions will not necessarily
disqualify you from the programme but must be declared.
Accommodation while you are working is included in the programme fee. This
could be with a family or in student/independent accommodation. You won’t
have a choice about where you live so be flexible and open. Most volunteers live
independently. However you may be placed with a family (depending on
placement), who may have pets or children or both. If you suffer from pet
allergies, please tell us.
We offer a range of placements working with different client groups. You won’t
have a choice about where you work or live, so you must be open and flexible to
most areas of work. You can state if there is a particular client group you would
feel really uncomfortable with.
We are actively seeking more applications from men and from minority ethnic
groups as they are currently under-represented in our organisation.
We particularly want to receive applications from those from disadvantaged
backgrounds and we have limited financial aid available. Priority for this
assistance is given to applicants from Tower Hamlets, Southwark and those of
Please be sure there are no events in the UK you need to be at during the
summer before you apply – e.g. graduation, family events, and interviews.
PROGRAMME COSTS 2010
If accepted, the cost of the summer programme will be £1,500.
Included in this programme cost are the following:
Return flight from London to New York
Housing in New York
Stipend to help cover food costs
Transport for two months
Orientation, supervision, and a Criminal Record (CRB) Check
Please understand that this fee doesn’t cover the full expense of each volunteer –
Winant Clayton pays for the difference.
Volunteers need to budget for their own socialising costs whilst in New York.
In addition, volunteers have 2 weeks travel time following their 8 week placement.
They are provided with a hospitality list of former volunteers with whom they can
stay across the US. Aside from this the volunteer must fund the costs of travel. We
recommend that volunteers have at least £800 for this purpose, although the exact
amount needed will vary from person to person.
We will provide you with advice on fundraising to help you raise the money to
participate. In addition, limited bursaries may be available. Contact us by email
or telephone for more information.
WINANT CLAYTON VOLUNTEERS- PERSON SPECIFICATION
These are the skills and qualities that we are looking for. In your application you
should demonstrate as clearly as you can how you meet the criteria.
1. Understands what voluntary work is and preferably has experience.
2. Can demonstrate clear reasons for applying.
3. Understands what it is to be part of a team.
4. Understands and is committed to equal opportunities.
5. Has initiative, problem-solving skills, and an awareness of boundaries.
6. Is self-sufficient and resourceful.
7. Is able to accept and give support.
8. Is prepared to carry out menial tasks.
9. Can demonstrate what s/he stands to gain from the experience.
10. Can demonstrate what s/he can bring to the programme.
11. Has enough physical stamina to work in the New York summer heat.
To support your application to become a volunteer, each applicant must supply 2
references. Referees must have known the applicant for at least a year and at
least one should be a recent employer/teacher. Applicants should download the
reference form from the website and send to their chosen referees. Referees
should fill the form in ASAP and send to Winant Clayton Volunteers.
To help with the charity admin costs there is a £20 non refundable application fee
that can be paid by cheque (made payable to WCVA) and posted to:
Winant Clayton Volunteers
St Margaret’s House
Alternatively you can pay by BACS transfer, if so please contact us by phone or
email to arrange a payment.
Have you completed the following?
o The application form
o The equal opportunities monitoring form
o Sent a non-refundable application fee of £20
o Ensure we receive your 2 references by 28th February 2010
Please note that if the items listed above are not received by the closing date of
28th February 2010 it is highly unlikely that your application will be considered.