About the opportunity

Grace Eyre is seeking a motivated and enthusiastic Activities Support Volunteer to help support people with learning disabilities who attend a weekly all-day mosaics session at our centre. It is a very dynamic and busy environment with service users who present different levels of skills and abilities. The volunteer will support service users with cutting tiles, preparing and assisting with grouting the work and mixing cement.

Activities Support Volunteers promote the independence of service users while protecting them as far as possible from danger or harm, enable people to maintain the maximum possible level of independence, choice and control, and support people with the same level of respect you would want for yourself or a member of your family.

In addition to the mosaics-specific tasks above, some other examples of what the Activities Support Volunteer (Mosaics) is expected to do when supporting sessions include:

  • Making all participants feel welcome and settled in the session
  • Providing service users with needed resources
  • Supporting and encouraging people to engage in activities
  • Supporting people to focus their attention on the session
  • Encouraging service users to take part in group discussions
  • Assisting staff with preparing room and materials for session
  • Helping with evaluation
  • Supporting people with their mobility.
  • Being there to listen and interact with people.


What volunteers are not expected to do:

  • Assist with personal care
  • Deal with any behaviour you are uncomfortable with or unsure about (consult with staff or bring to supervision).
  • Be left with a group of service users without staff present.

Skills and experience needed

  • Previous experience working with people with learning disabilities is not necessary but very welcome
  • Lots of patience and an interest in mosaics
  • Some experience in working with tiles/grout is preferable, but not necessary as volunteers can learn during sessions
  • Enthusiasm, flexibility, friendliness and a willingness to get involved
  • Being a good team player

Practical considerations

The mosaics session takes place every Thursday from 10:15 am to 12:00 pm and continues from 1:00 pm to 3:15 pm (with a tea break from 2:00 pm to 2:30 pm). Ideally, we ask that volunteers commit to coming for a six to twelve month period, but we can work with any kind of commitment. A volunteer who is able to join the session all day can enjoy lunch on us in the cafe. Reasonable travel expenses will be paid.


Location

Our main centre is based on Montefiore Road, near BHASVIC Sixth Form College, in a converted church. The centre is also easily accessed by the No. 7 bus route that stops at the opposite end of Montefiore Road and is a 5 minute walk away. 

How you will be supported

You will be given an induction and training on all aspects of this role. All volunteers will be offered time where they can meet with the Volunteer Manager and talk about how their volunteering is going. It's a chance to talk about how things are going, how you are feeling about your volunteering and to identify and evaluate your support needs. You can also tell us if you need more support. Volunteers are offered regular supervision which is an informal, friendly space to discuss your work.


How to apply

Application, informal interview, DBS Check, and two references. Please download an application form and apply today! Alternatively, please email volunteer@grace-eyre.org or ring us on 07436 093 170 for more information.