Department:
Volunteering
Opportunity Type:
Volunteer
Town/City:
Leeds
30 Jun 2022
Hours Per Week:
0

Job Advert

The Mencap Visiting Service was launched in 1963 and was designed to be a befriending service to adults with a learning disability for after their parents passed away.   

This role is for a volunteer who is passionate about supporting people with learning disabilities and are looking for the opportunity to build a supporting relationship.

We are looking for volunteer visitors to join our team in Leeds, West Yorkshire. This post will support a lovely chap who needs a little extra support when going out about his day. He is extremely active and loves going for swims, walking around garden centres, or heading to the nearby pub for some tasty fish and chips. He is non-verbal and has a limited sign vocabulary, so someone with extra patience to get to know him and learn to communicate with him would be ideal.

We are looking for someone to begin building a relationship with this person, keeping in touch via monthly phone calls and post cards, door step visits and beginning face-to-face visits when it is safe to do so.

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.

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 Team Leader and Service Manager

About Mencap

Mencap is the leading voice of learning disability. We want to see a world where people with a learning disability are valued equally, listened to and included.

 

We are determined to achieve this by changing attitudes, providing services and influencing those who can help us change the lives of people with a learning disability.

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