Department:
Volunteering
Opportunity Type:
Volunteer
Town/City:
Lancing
31 Jul 2022
Hours Per Week:
0

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Are you a kind and patient person who enjoys meeting new people? Do you think you could spare some time every other month to visit a person with a learning disability in their home, and once you've built a relationship go out for drive;  Perhaps to the shops, the seafront or to a pub or cafe?

In this role you will be supporting a woman who lives in the Sompting area.  She lives in a lovely home with a number of other people who also have learning disabilities. 

She loves to look smart and having her nails painted.  The colours pink and red are especially popular.  She enjoys a spot of shopping but also likes checking out the TV listing magazines and catching up on all her favourite soaps, especially Emmerdale.  She is a big big fan of all things ABBA and the film Mama Mia. 

She does not communicate much verbally, but will let you know how she is feeling through gestures, sounds and facial expressions.  She knows what she wants and you will need to have strong communication skills, and to be patient with those for whom communication can be a challenge.
 

Our volunteers are kind and passionate people. They are keen to challenge themselves and others for the best possible outcomes, and they are inclusive of everyone, regardless of disability.

Does this describe you? If so, please get in touch.

 
When & where do I need to be available?

Visits are every 2 months and can be Tuesdays or Thursday.

Visits will last around 1 - 1.5 hours.  

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
  • Fun-loving and outgoing
  • A fan of TV soaps and ABBA is an advantage but certainly not a must
  • If you have a car so you can go out for a light lunch that would also be great, but not a must.

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 and Service Manager

About Mencap

1.5 million people in the UK have a learning disability.

We have an ambitious vision for the UK to be the best place in the world for people with a learning disability to live happy and healthy lives.

For more information about what a learning disability is 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.
 
The Mencap visiting service (MVS) was launched in 1963 as a befriending service to adults with a learning disability after their parents pass away.  

We currently support over 300 people of all ages across the England and Wales.

MVS volunteers reduce social isolation, expand networks and build friendships.

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 becoming increasingly important 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, you maybe asked to take a lateral flow test or wear PPE when you volunteer.

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