Volunteering-camp leader

What is Freedom To Be (F2B)?

F2B is a support camp for children and young people living with HIV.  This will be our tenth year of running F2B.  The camp lasts for 5 days and includes workshops about living well with HIV and fun activities such as dance, singing, drama and football. This year we will be inviting 11 -16 year olds to attend.

F2B 2019

Camp will take place in Staffordshire from the 29th July to the 3rd August 2019 (the young people arrive on 30th July).  We want to recruit some new Camp Leaders to come to camp and act as mentors for the young people there.

What is a Camp Leader?

A Camp Leader is a young person aged 18 – 24 years old who is living with HIV and who will help to run the support camp. They will be a mentor to the young people at camp, and help with the running of the camp too.

If you have previously attended camp as a young person you need to wait a year after attending before you can be a Camp Leader. This is because you need to have a different role at camp and having a bit of time away helps you to do this.

We are recruiting up to 10 camp leaders. We want to have a team of fun, energetic and responsible people. Whilst being a Camp Leader will be a lot of fun, it is also a responsibility. You will help us to run the camp and have responsibility for the health, safety and wellbeing of the young people who attend.

Honesty and Trust

It will be important to be honest with us at CHIVA about how you are feeling about your HIV from the very start of the process. If you are struggling to accept your own HIV or currently not taking your medicine, we will not turn you away. However, we would like you to tell us about these struggles and it is important that we know. As a camp leader you will sometimes be asked to talk about your own experiences with HIV, either in front of large groups in a workshop, or individually when supporting a young person. You will find this hard if you are struggling yourself and it is important that the Camp Leader Supervisor knows about this so they can support you to be the best Camp Leader you can be at that time.

The qualities which we feel are important for Camp Leaders are:      

  •    Being committed and enthusiastic
  •    Sensitivity and able to empathise with other people  
  •    Confidence to talk with children and young people about HIV
  •    Having a strong commitment to equality and non-discrimination on grounds of race, ethnicity, country of origin, religion, gender, sexuality or disability. 

The skills and abilities which we feel are important for Camp Leaders are:          

  •     Excellent communication skills
  •     Be able to motivate and inspire others    
  •     Be able to work in a team     
  •     Good organisational skills    
  •     Able to be a role model for other young people living with HIV
  •     Be flexible – things often change at camp

Camp Leaders do not need to have worked with young people before, as we will be there to give lots of support, information and training for you to take on the role. 

It is important to remember that as a camp leader you are in a very different role to if you were a young person at camp.

What would I gain from being a camp leader?

  •     Direct experience of working with young people
  •     An experience working alongside other like-minded young people living with HIV
  •     Being involved in a unique experience for young people living with HIV.

If selected all Camp Leaders must attend a four-day training residential (venue TBC), arriving on the afternoon of Wednesday 29th May and going home at the end of the day on Saturday 1st June.  At this residential you will get to know your team and get the chance to develop new knowledge and skills in working with children and young people. Many of these skills will be useful in other jobs and will be good for your CV.

All travel expenses will be covered and food provided during the course.

Who can answer my questions?

Abi Carter at the CHIVA Office can answer your questions.  You can call her on

0117 910 5226, text, whatsapp or call 07807 705 062 or email abi.carter@chiva.org.uk

How do I become a Camp Leader? 

1. Fill out the short application form, or call the Office to talk it through.  Do this BEFORE 5pm on 31st March 2019.

2. You can either send it by email to: abi.carter@chiva.org.uk or send it to: CHIVA, The Wool Hall, 12 St Thomas Street, Bristol, BS1 6JJ.

3. Your application form will be assessed by the Camp Support Team.

4. You will need to complete a self-declaration form for past criminal offences, but we will let you know about this if you are successful. CHIVA is committed to confidentiality and this information will be stored securely. If you would like to talk about any criminal convictions, please contact Amanda Ely (she’s the manager and her number is 07484 830329). This conversation will be confidential too.

5. We will invite up to 10 people to attend the training (venue to be confirmed). After the residential, we will confirm who will be invited to volunteer at the Support Camp. You will be asked to sign a ‘Camp Leaders Agreement’ with CHIVA.

6. You will join us for fun times and hard work at the F2B 2019!

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