Activities Support Volunteer (Newsletter) About the opportunity Grace Eyre is seeking motivated and enthusiastic Activities Support Volunteers to help support people with learning disabilities who attend a weekly Newsletter session at our centre. Volunteers support service users with all newsletter related tasks including using computers to type articles, editing the design and layout of the newsletter on a computer, as well as support to plan future articles. 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 supporting people with their weekly newsletter tasks, some other examples of what Activities Support Volunteers (Newsletter) are expected to do when supporting sessions include: 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. Enthusiasm, flexibility, friendliness and a willingness to get involved. Lots of patience and an interest in creating newsletters. Ability to support people to use computers. An understanding of how to edit the design and layout of documents on a computer. Being a good team player. Practical considerations The newsletter session takes place every Monday 1:00pm to 3:15pm (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. 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. The role may also involve engaging and travelling within the local area. Travel expenses will be paid. 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 [email protected] or ring us on 07436 093 170 for more information.