Department:
Volunteering
Opportunity Type:
Volunteer
Town/City:
Waterlooville
31 Jan 2025
Hours Per Week:
0

Job Advert

Would you like to make a difference to the lives of people with learning disabilities? Can you spare a little time just once every two months?

We support a delightful man in his 60s who would just love for someone to visit him on a regular basis.

His interests include:

  • Anything involving Trucks and Lorries
  • Going out in the community for tea and cake
  • Visiting local places like the nearest Harbour and Marwell Zoo
  • Listening to the radio and watching TV, especially Dr Who
  • He also loves visitors!

This gentleman is very friendly, but he has limited verbal communication, so strong communication skills and patience will be essential in this role.
 
Visits would initially be in the home, but once you have gotten to know each other you may feel happy to go out for trips.
 

He also loves the company of dogs, so if you happened to have one, that would certainly be a bonus!

 
You will be introduced to each other by a member of Mencap volunteering team and staff who know him well.
 
The Mencap Visiting Service was founded in 1963. It meant that the parents of a person with a learning disability could know that someone would look in on them when they were no longer around. In this volunteer role, you will not only be providing a valuable social visit to this man, but also honouring the wishes of his parents.
 
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.

You would need to be:
  • A person with strong communication skills
  • Kind
  • Patient
  • Engaging
  • Up for a challenge
  • Passionate about supporting people with a disability
 
Interested? please don't hesitate to get in touch with Dominic Mellor at [email protected] and we would be happy to answer any questions!
  

Benefits

  • Relevant training
  • Induction to the service and volunteer role
  • A settling in period to make sure this is the right role for you
  • 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

We offer a lifelong befriending service for people with learning disabilities. Matching the skills and interests of passionate visitors with the specific hobbies and interests of individual people with a learning disability. Our visitors visit six times a year to create a one-to-one connection, offer companionship, encourage people to do the things they enjoy and check-in on their wellbeing. In many cases, our visitor is the only person in someone’s life who isn’t paid to be there for them.

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