About the opportunity

Grace Eyre is seeking motivated and enthusiastic volunteers to help support people with learning disabilities who attend a weekly drama project at our theatre, the Purple Playhouse.

All our 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 drama sessions, some other examples of what you might be 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.
  • Supporting people with their lines and scripts
  • Standing in and reading through scripts with individuals or in a group
  • Being available for the live shows to support the group with their performance

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 drama and performance.
  • Being a good team player.

Practical considerations

The drama project takes place every Wednesday from 3:30pm - 5.30pm. Ideally, we ask that volunteers commit to being a part of the project form beginning to end (dates below), but we can work with any kind of commitment. Reasonable travel expenses will be paid.

Dates of the sessions -

Every Wednesday from 3rd January - 14th March 2018

21st March - no session

Every Wednesday from 28th March - 16th May 2018

Four shows in the Brighton Fringe festival, afternoon and evening on both May 23rd and May 30th.

There may be the possibility to share these sessions with a fellow volunteer and commit to attending fortnightly. Please get in touch for more information.


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.

The Drama Project coordinator will plan to meet with interested volunteers in December 2017 to talk in more detail about the project, our approach and what is expected. .

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.