Department:
Volunteering
Opportunity Type:
Volunteer
Town/City:
London
Salary Details:
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15 Jun 2023
Hours Per Week:
0

Job Advert

You will be visiting a gentleman with a learning disability 6 times a year.

He is in his mid-70’s and lives in a care home in Croydon.

He likes scribbling in his sketch pads, going in the garden or out for some lunch and a beer.  He has an interest in cars and he likes helping staff with some household chores.

This gentleman does communicate verbally and will have a little chat to you, but it may take a little while to understand what he is saying.  He is known well by people in his local community.  Visits will start slowly at the home, and staff will support you to get to know him.  Once you know each other a bit better you can venture out to the park or local pub. 
 

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

 
When & where do I need to be available?
 

The times required can be flexible to your availability. Visits are every 2 months.

Visits will last around 1-1.5 hours. 

You will make 6 visits per year, and we ask for a minimum commitment of 1 year.

This person lives in Croydon.  Before applying please Check your journey to make sure it's practical for you. 

As a Mencap Visiting Volunteer you will be:

  • 18 or over
  • Friendly and approachable
  • Reliable and patient
  • Able to use initiative  
  • Accepting of others who might be different to yourself
  • Have good communication and listening skills

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 may be asked to take a lateral flow test or wear PPE when you volunteer.

 
For more information contact [email protected] or click on the apply button
 
We look forward to hearing from you

Benefits

 
As a Mencap volunteer you will receive:
 
  • Personalised training and induction
  • Support in your role
  • Agreed out-of-pocket expenses (e.g. travel, a meal out with the person you visit)
  • The opportunity to meet new people
  • To learn new skills
  • You will be appreciated and valued for the support you provide
  • You will be making a difference!

About Mencap

Mencap is the leading learning disability charity in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. We work with people with a learning disability and their families to challenge prejudice and change laws, and we directly support thousands of people to live their lives as they choose.

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, whilst having the chance to develop your skills, meet new people and join a passionate and dedicated team.


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