Caris Camden Families

Caris Camden Families

At a glance


  • Children / families
  • Housing and homelessness

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CARIS Camden Familiesis a small charity which supports homeless families living in temporary accommodation in the Borough of Camden. 


We run two term-time projects:

  • An After School Club for children aged 12 and under, living in one of Camden Council’s hostels in Chalk Farm, NW1.  The After School Club runs from the hostel’s basement, from 4 – 6.00pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays in term time (the volunteering shift runs from 3.45 – 6.30pm).  The Club offers play activities to the kids, and socialising space and pastoral support to their parents, who are required to be on-site.
  • Homework Club for primary and secondary-aged children, in another temporary accommodation hostel in NW3.  We operate on Mondays in term time, from 4.00 – 6.00pm, and the volunteering shift covers the same hours.


We are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help us run the After School and Homework Clubs.  You don’t need experience of working with children to apply, but you will need to be:

  • Free to volunteer at least once a month, for a minimum of six sessions.
  • Happy to get stuck in with play activities, arts and crafts and snack preparation at the After School Club, as the session requires, and with offering general academic and pastoral support at the Homework Club (special skills welcome, but not necessarily required)
  • Understanding of- and empathetic towards the difficulties faced by children and their parents living in hostel accommodation, as they wait for a suitable home to become available
  • Willing to undergo an Enhanced Disclosure criminal record check (organised and paid for by CARIS Camden Families).



Belmont Kids Club sessions include and offer:

Regular STEM experiments

(Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths)

  • A wide variety of toys, games and puzzles

  • A lending library of fiction and non-fiction books

  • Outdoor container gardening

    We support their physical development by providing:
    • Soft play equipment

  • Outdoor play, including

    basketball, football, skipping, hula hoops and bat-and-ball games

  • Table football

    We support their social, emotional and behavioural development by:
    • Providing an opportunity for them to build friendships with other children in the hostel

  • Designing activities to help them build their independence and self-confidence

  • Celebrating everybody’s culture together, with parties and gifts for everyone at the significant religious festivals

  • Supporting them to cooperate, share and compromise by creating their own, mutually- agreed rules for the club

  • Providing a quiet space in our Wigwam Corner for them to get private time away from others when needed.

  • Englands Lane Homework Club

  • We support Homework Clubbers’ educational development by providing:

    • A quiet, dedicated study space for two hours every Monday afternoon in term time
    • One-to-one homework help and guidance from our staff and volunteer Learning Mentors
    • Supplementary learning aids in the form of practice worksheets and revision guides

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