About the opportunity

Grace Eyre is seeking motivated and enthusiastic Volunteers to help support people with learning disabilities who attend a Friendship group run by members at Grace Eyre.

The general aims of the friendship group:


  • To provide the opportunity for people with learning disabilities to participate in more activities and events within the community.
  • To improve social networks.
  • To be led by members and to involve participants to suggest, plan for and organise events they are interested in
  • To work with volunteers to support and co-ordinate meet ups, and to create more opportunities for further meet ups
  • To produce a monthly calendar of activities and work with other organisations to help promote what is already available (e.g. Gully’s Food Partnership, Speak Out) and other local events.


Next actions and opportunities


- To set up a committee of members and utilise their skills to promote the Friendship Group (through social media, existing contacts, creative ideas and suggestions for activities)

- To promote more take-up of suggested activities from a monthly calendar, through talking with various organisations and those who provide supported living accommodation or support to people with learning disabilities

- To be flexible with volunteers in arranging times and meet ups that suit their availability and interests (it would be great to have at least two hours of your time a month)

- To match volunteers and members of the Friendship Group with similar interests

- To work with the Travel Buddies to help accompany people to activities – transport is often a big issue

- To get as many people as possible out and about, enjoying themselves.


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 different forms of art.
  • Being a good team player.


Practical considerations

The Friendship Group runs a monthly calendar of events at different times of the day. Volunteering times can be negotiated and flexible. 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. 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.