Department:
Volunteering
Opportunity Type:
Volunteer
Town/City:
Tunbridge Wells
07 Jan 2022
Hours Per Week:
0

Job Advert

We support a man who is in his 60's and has a learning disability. He lives in a shared house with other residents who also have a learning disabilities.

In this role you will spend time together doing some of the things he enjoys by visiting him 6 times a year.

He is a great guy who loves to spend time out and about as well as relaxing at home. He likes to get out in the local community, going for lunch, having a pint in the pub or a stroll around the local parks.  He loves mini golf and other fun activities.  He is very independent but he does get some support from care staff.

Visits will take place at his home initially. Once you get to know each other he would like you to take him out for a drive, go for  lunch or maybe to one of the local parks. You can decide this together once you get to know each other.

He is looking for a volunteer visitor who is calm and patient, and ideally has a car so you can get out and about together however it is not a requirement.

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

You will be introduced and get to know him with the support of Mencap staff and his support workers.

 
When & where do I need to be available?
 
Visits will be every 2 months and can be during the week on Thursdays or weekends (on Sundays in the afternoon only).  In the biginning and till you get to know each other more frequent visists are possible.
 

Visits usually lasts around 1 - 1.5 hours or longer depending on what you plan to do together.  

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, whilst 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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