Department:
Volunteering
Opportunity Type:
Volunteer
Town/City:
Newport
31 Mar 2022
Hours Per Week:
0

Job Advert

A part of the Mencap Visiting Service we are looking for a volunteer to visit a gentleman is in his late 70's who has a learning disability. He lives in a shared house with other residents who have a learning disability too. 

He is a lovely gentleman who enjoys looking around the garden. Bird watching and feeding are particular favourites. When the weather is not so good he likes to gaze out the window and absorb the outdoors. He likes to potter in the garden and water the plants in the summer too.

He will enjoy spending time with a friendly volunteer like you. By visiting every other month, you will make a huge difference.

You will be introduced and get to know him with the support of a key worker.

 
When & where do I need to be available?
 
Visits will be every 2 months and can be during the week or weekends.
 

Visits will last around 1 - 1.5 hours or longer depending on what you plan to do.  

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

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.

Benefits

What can I expect from Mencap?

  • All relevant safety measure will be in place to ensure that you will be safe.
  • 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!

About Mencap

What difference will I make?

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.

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

 

About this service

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.

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