Volunteer at Camp Jojo!
Camp Jojo is only possible because of the many amazing volunteers who give up their time to fundraise or help run camp. Every year we recruit new volunteers with a range of skills and experience. We also have many very committed volunteers who return year after year and support our continuous development.
How can I help?
No matter what your skills, background and knowledge, we have a role for you! These roles include setting up camp, grounds maintenance, catering, family support, leading activities and other specialist roles such as musicians.
What does CJJ Provide?
Camp Jojo provides volunteers with training, camping equipment if needed, travel expenses and a very special community of like minded individuals, many of whom stay friends for life!
When and where are the camps?
Our next camping adventures will take place in the school summer holidays of 2023 in East Mersea, Essex. Volunteers are required to be available from 9am on the Friday morning of their camp, to 5pm on the Sunday afternoon. Volunteers can arrive on the Thursday evening if they are travelling a long way or would like to settle in before a busy day on the Friday.
Please keep an eye on our website and social media for specific dates to be announced.
How can I apply?
Applications for Camp Jojo 2023 will open in January. The application form can be accessed here. Once we receive your application we will in touch to arrange an online interview. If successful, we will then send you details about completing a DBS and online safeguarding training. Other Camp Jojo specific training will be completed at camp before families arrive. We welcome applications from volunteers who are 14 years and over, but those under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or responsible adult.
If you are looking for a fun weekend of camping, whilst making magical memories with some very special families, then Camp Jojo is the place for you
Please see details of the roles we have available below!
We welcome applications from anyone who is 14 or over (under 18s must be accompanied by a parent or responsible adult who is also volunteering).
We value the energy, enthusiasm and perspective that many of our young volunteers bring. Volunteering with us can be a great way to gain experience of working with children and families. We do ask that you are prepared to work hard and in return you will have a fun filled weekend!
At Camp Jojo we pride ourselves on providing activities that everyone can access and enjoy. Our activity volunteers do a fantastic job at leading sessions such as sports, games, art and craft, pottery, pizza making and bushcraft. We also have volunteers who visit us to provide music sessions and other specialised skills such as massage!
Camp Jojo can provide you with the resources you will need to lead the sessions, or you are welcome to bring your own activities along with you! We are always open to new ideas and new ways of adapting activities to meet individual needs!
Family support volunteers work directly with the families and children who attend camp. You will be allocated a family, to whom you will provide whatever support they need to make their camping weekend fun and relaxing! This could involve supporting children with personal care or feeding, participating in activities, playing games and much more. It's important to remember that your role is to support the whole family, so you might be asked to support typically developing children in activities or you might like to support parents by simply bringing them a cup of tea! It's small gestures like this that make a big difference!
Experience of supporting children with complex needs or families is advantageous, however all we ask is that you come to camp with a can-do attitude and that you share our values of equality and inclusion.
Please note, volunteers will not administer medication and parents will retain responsibility for their children at all times.
Catering volunteers are integral to the successful running of camp! By helping to prepare and serve meals, you will keep families and volunteers happy and full of energy!
Many of the families who come to camp comment on how much it means to them to not have to worry about cooking whilst on holiday.
You don't need to be a professional chef, but a basic awareness of food hygiene is important.
"Camp Jojo is special and one of a kind because it has heart and soul!" - CJJ Volunteer