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Friendly Visitor Volunteer, Chertsey

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31 Jan 2020
About Mencap
The Mencap Visiting Service supports older people with a learning disability who are often isolated and with little or no family. As a volunteer your visits will provide fun and companionship and an opportunity to do things the person enjoys.
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You will spend time with a local man with a learning disability, visiting every 2 months.

He is a friendly man in his 60s living in Chertsey who loves spending time with people and getting to know them. He enjoys listening to 60s music, watching Countryfile and playing Bingo! He loves chatting, going for a short walk to the local shop and helping around the house and garden - especially looking after his chickens!

He has few visitors and doesn’t see many people except his housemates and care staff. That’s where you come in – by visiting every other month you will make a huge difference. He will enjoy spending time with a fun and friendly volunteer who can give him some special attention and do activities with him. 

Visits will be every 2 months and can be weekdays or weekends. Visits will probably last around 1 – 2 hours. The exact times can be flexible to your availability but we ask for a minimum commitment of 1 year.

As a Mencap Visiting Volunteer you will be :

  • Reducing social isolation of people with a learning disability
  • Increasing the independence and confidence of individuals with a learning disability
  • Enabling people with a learning disability to fully access their local communities 
  • Personalised training and induction
  • To feel fully supported in your role
  • Agreed out-of-pocket expenses to be reimbursed (e.g. travel, a meal out with the person you visit)
  • Meet new people
  • Learn new skills
  • Feel appreciated and valued
  • You will be making a difference!