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Swimming Sidekick Volunteer - Ilford, East London

Personal Support
Opportunity Type:
Advertising End Date:
30 May 2019
About Mencap
We want a world where people with a learning disability are valued equally, listened to and included. Everything we do is about making this world a reality.
Job Advert
You will spend time with John, who is in his 50s and has a learning disability. 
John loves taking the bus to the swimming pool in Barkingside on Tuesdays to go for a swim and grab lunch in the cafe. Usually he's accompanied by one of our team of support workers, but very few of them swim. So he'd love a volunteer to go with him, swim and go for lunch together.
John's a friendly chap who gets along with everyone, and he'd benefit from doing his favourite activity with a new friend. You don't even need to be a great swimmer-- you'll be sharing your interests and spending time together.
He does not need any help getting changed and showered, so he doesn't mind it he has a male or female volunteer. 
When & where do I need to be available?

Visits will last around 2 hours.  

Weekly or fortnightly, on Tuesdays.
Our house is in Ilford, east London, close to Goodmayes train station. 

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
  • Willing to volunteer within Mencap's guidelines and take direction where needed
  • A good communicator
  • Make a difference for a person with a learning disability
  • Training & induction to the volunteer role
  • Agreed out-of-pocket expenses (e.g. travel)
  • Mencap Extras – discounts from high street retailers
  • Meet new people
  • We'll value your contribution
  • Ongoing support from the Mencap team