Department:
Volunteering
Opportunity Type:
Volunteer
Town/City:
Maidenhead
Salary Details:
0
22 Sep 2022
Hours Per Week:
0

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You will be visiting a woman with a learning disability every other month, 6 times a year. 

She is in her early 50's and lives in a nice care home in Maidenhead. 

This woman likes playing food shopping games, bling jewellery and going to the local sensory centre.  She loves a cafe latte, a packet of malteasers and crackers!  She is a woman of few words, but can make herself clear.  When she gets to know you, she will be able to have a little conversation with you.  You will spend time getting to know her and joining in with her favourite activities.

The staff are very friendly and welcoming and will support you to get to know her.  Visits will start slowly, but by visiting every other month, you will slowly build a connection and visits will become longer.  You will be providing support and companionship.  
 
 
When & where do I need to be available?
 

Visits are every 2 months.

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

This person lives in Maidenhead.  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 maybe 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
  • 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

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.

For more information about what a learning disability is click here

Volunteering with Mencap 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.
 

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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