Department:
Personal Support
Opportunity Type:
Volunteer
31 Aug 2021
Hours Per Week:
0

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As a Mencap Visiting Service volunteer, you will be visiting a person with a learning disability in their local community to spend time with them doing the things they want to do. You will be reducing social isolation, helping them to form relationships and supporting them to enjoy activities.

In this role you will be visiting a lady in her 80's who lives in supported living for adults with learning disabilities. She loves to knit and having a good chat about her memories and days gone by.  She hass got an electric keyboard/organ which she likes to play and when it's possible to do so enjoys going to church . She would love the company of someone kind, gentle and patient to enjoy these activities with in her home. 

When & where do I need to be available?

In your role as a Mencap Volunteer Visitor you will make 6 visits per year and we would hope that you would be able to volunteer for at least 1 year.Visits can be during the week or weekends and usually lasts around 1 hour or sometimes longer depending on what you and the lady plan to do and as you get to know each other.  
 

Before applying please check your journey to make sure it's practical for you.

As a Mencap Visiting Volunteer you will be:

  • Aged 18 or over
  • Friendly, patient and reliable

The Mencap visiting service was launched in 1963 and was designed to be a befriending service to adults with a learning disability for after their parents passed away.  

To read about how befriending can support people with a learning disability to take part in leisure activities please click here.
 
For more information about the role and the service, please download the Job description on the right side of the page.

 

Benefits

  • Relevant training
  • Induction to the service and volunteer role
  • A settling in period to make sure this is the right role for me
  • To feel fully supported in your role
  • Agreed out-of-pocket expenses to be reimbursed (e.g. travel)
  • The opportunity to meet new people and be part of a diverse team
  • The opportunity to learn new skills
  • To feel appreciated and valued for my contribution
  • Ongoing support from Volunteer Services Coordinator

About Mencap

Mencap is the leading voice of learning disability. We want to see a world where people with a learning disability are valued equally, listened to and included.

We are determined to achieve this by changing attitudes, providing services and influencing those who can help us change the lives of people with a learning disability.

For more information about what is a learning disability click here.

Volunteering with Mencap is YOUR opportunity to help us achieve this, whilst having the chance to develop your skills, meet new people and join a passionate and dedicated team.

Mencap are strongly encouraging all our colleagues to have the Covid-19 vaccine as a way to help protect each other and the people we support.  This is especially important in direct support roles as evidence is starting to grow that the vaccine could help stop the spread of the virus, as well as protecting the person vaccinated from getting very ill.

In addition, it is mandatory that you take a lateral flow test on the day of your volunteering.

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