Department:
Volunteering
Opportunity Type:
Volunteer
Town/City:
Southampton
31 Aug 2021
Hours Per Week:
0

Job Advert

We know a woman with a learning disability who is looking for someone to have a chat and a cup of tea with.  

If you are over 18, friendly, reliable, and have good communications skills, then this could be the perfect role for you!

The woman is in her 60s and enjoys a chat, dancing, musicals, as well as helping out around the house. She loves flowers and the colour purple.  She loves a bit of glam and pampering, so would enjoy things like getting her nails done.  She lives in the Sarisbury area (between Fareham and Southampton).  Before applying please check your journey to make sure it's practical for you.
In your role as a Mencap Volunteer Visitor you will make 6 visits per year to your matched beneficiary. These visits are flexible. Each visit is unique to the individual being supported.
 
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.
 
When & where do I need to be available?

Visits are every 2 months and days and times can be flexible

Visits will last around 30-60 minutes but as you get to know each other they could be longer

As a Mencap Visiting Volunteer you will be:

  • Aged 18 or over
  • Friendly, patient and reliable

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 Volunteer Services Coordinator and Service Manager

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.

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.

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