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Volunteer BSL Communicator, Chatham

Department:
Lifestyles & Work
Opportunity Type:
Volunteer
Location:
Kent
Advertising End Date:
29 Sep 2017
About Mencap
 1.4 million people in the UK have a learning disability.
 
Mencap is the leading voice of learning disability.
 
Everything we do is about valuing and supporting people with a learning disability, and their families and carers.
 
 
Our vision is a world where people with a learning disability are valued equally, listened to and included.
 
 
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.
 
Role Description
 We support a man in Chatham who is deaf and has a learning disability. He is doing a work experience placement at an SEN school in Chatham one day per week, and is looking for a sign language volunteer to support him to communicate with the staff and students there.

 

To be an BSL Volunteer you need to be:
 
You will need a minimum of level 3 BSL and preferably experience of providing communication support.
 
You will be confident to translate from English to BSL, and from BSL to English providing voiceover for the gentleman.
 
You also need to be:
 
  • Friendly and approachable
  • Enjoy working with children
  • Reliable and patient
  • Interested in others
  • Able to use initiative and work autonomously
  • Accepting of others who might be different to yourself
  • Willing to volunteer within guidelines
 
 
 
 

The placement will be on weekdays, however the exact times and day will depend on what you can commit to.

 

We also ask that you can commit to at least 6 months of volunteering.

 
 
You can apply by either:
  • Downloading an application form by clicking on the Additional Information tab. Completing the form and emailing it to volunteering@mencap.org.uk
  • Applying online by clicking the Apply tab. Please note that you need to register first before you apply. You can find application instructions by clicking the Additional Information tab. 
Benefits
As a Mencap Volunteer you have the opportunity to develop your personal skills and experience. You will also get the chance to volunteer within a supportive team and be part of a comprehensive induction and training process.
 
 
Volunteer Progression Mentor - Lisa talks about her volunteering experience with Mencap:
“Volunteering with Darren has given me so much. I’ve also improved my confidence and well-being, I can see how much he gets out of the sessions each week. I’m so proud of him because he’s worked so hard and is making a positive difference to his life. I’ve gained a new friend too!"
 
 
Please read more about Lisa and our other volunteers at our Spotlight on Volunteering blog

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