Volunteering at the Paddling Pool

The paddling pool in Ruskin Park is a much-loved facility for local families. However, to keep it open our volunteers support Lambeth Council to keep it clean and safe.

Each summer we need both occasional and regular volunteers to help with the following tasks:

The daily routine

The park attendant and volunteers work together to carry out checks on the pool several times a day. As a volunteer you would need to:

  • Do a litter sweep in and around the pool
  • Check the jets and pump are running ok
  • Empty the pump filter basket if needed
  • Report any serious issues.

Time taken 15-20mins. We have a WhatsApp group for volunteers to co-ordinate a rota but it’s also helpful to have volunteers who can spot problems in passing.

The deep clean

When needed a team of volunteers will:

  • Pull the plug on the pool
  • Brush and hose down the bottom of the pool as it drains
  • Start the refilling of the pool (fills overnight).

We carry this out every few weeks or when necessary. This task is carried out as part of a team, led by one of our experienced volunteers. Time taken 2-3 hours.


No prior experience is necessary and all of our volunteers are trained on the job. You’re welcome to shadow existing volunteers until you’re comfortable on your own, or leading others.

Look out for messages on Facebook that explain when the deep cleans are taking place. Or get in touch with us if you’d like more information or be on the rota for the daily routine.