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Volunteer Befriender and Mentor for People with Learning Disabilities

Volunteer Befriender and Mentor for People with Learning Disabilities

  • Location:

    London

  • Sector:

    Volunteer

  • Contract type:

    Temporary / Interim

  • Salary:

    Reasonable expenses reimbursed

  • Contact:

    Volunteers Team

  • Contact email:

    volunteers@tpp.co.uk

  • Contact phone:

    02071986130

  • Salary high:

    0

  • Salary low:

    0

  • Job ref:

    LF759

  • Published:

    over 2 years ago

  • Expiry date:

    2016-09-26

Role Details

Befriending and Mentoring for Adults with Learning Disabilities is a project run by One Westminster, aimed to reduce their social isolation and increase their opportunity to participate actively in the community. We do this by supporting them to develop life, social and employability skills through a personal Befriending and Mentoring scheme.

About the role

We are recruiting volunteers who can spend 2 hours a week supporting adults with learning disabilities in Westminster, in an exciting Befriending and Mentoring scheme funded by the Big Lottery Fund.

As a Volunteer Befriender/Mentor, you will be matched to one person with learning disabilities, providing them one-to-one support to develop a new skill or ability. This can be around life skills (e.g. travelling, shopping and comparing prices, budgeting, planning meals), or social skills, supporting their ability to access to and interact with services in the community, or widen their social network. Or you can be involved in employability skills, assisting their path to volunteering or paid work (e.g. access to training, CV writing, job searching).

Meeting times and locations will be mutually agreed. We ask our Volunteers to commit to a minimum of 2 hours a week for six months.

We offer:

  • Free Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check
  • Induction and training, group supervision, and on-going support
  • Earn Spice Time Credits to spend on a range of activities, trips and training
  • Reimbursement of expenses for travel and refreshments
  • Reference letter for work/employment purposes

Requirements

We welcome people of all ages (18+) and backgrounds. Skills and experience in the social or care sectors are not essential, as training and supervision is provided.

Key skills and attributes are:

  • Ability to work using own initiative within the Organisation’s guidelines
  • Commitment and reliability
  • Interpersonal, communication and motivation skills
  • Maturity and non-judgemental approach
  • Ability to follow relevant policies and procedures (e.g. confidentiality, safeguarding)
  • Empathy with and interest in supporting people with learning disabilities
  • A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check covered by One Westminster, and two references.

How to apply

Please contact the project team for further information and to request an application pack. Email ldproject@onewestminster.org.uk or call 020 7535 0484

You can also see more information on our website www.onewestminster.org.uk