About the opportunity

Grace Eyre is seeking motivated and enthusiastic Activities Support Volunteers to help support people with learning disabilities who attend a weekly textiles session at our centre. Volunteers support service users with all sewing related tasks including choosing and cutting fabrics, threading needles and sewing.

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 sewing-specific tasks above, some other examples of what Activities Support Volunteers (Textiles) 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
  • Lots of patience and an interest in sewing
  • Enthusiasm, flexibility, friendliness and a willingness to get involved
  • Being a good team player

Practical considerations

The textiles session takes place every Wednesday from 1:00 pm to 3:15 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.


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.