Activities Support Volunteers

Grace Eyre Foundation

Register your Interest

Grace Eyre is seeking motivated and enthusiastic Activities Support Volunteers to help support people with learning disabilities who attend various weekly sessions at our centre.

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.

Examples of what Activities Support Volunteers 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.

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. 

Skills

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.

Benefits

  • Benefits to the volunteer
  • Meet people
  • Have fun
  • Support a local charity

Practical Considerations

Practical considerations

The art session takes place every Thursday from 1:15pm - 3pm. Ideally, we ask that volunteers commit to coming for a 6-12 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.

When do I need to be available?

Morning Afternoon Evening
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Sunday

Where does this role take place?

36 Montefiore Rd
Hove
East Sussex
BN3 6EP

Register your Interest

  • Details
  • Disabled Access
  • Equal Opportunities Policy or Statement
  • Expenses
    Yes: Upon receipt
  • Health and Safety
  • Induction
  • Insurance Cover for Volunteers
  • Support on Offer
    YES, regular supervision,
  • Training
    Yes: You will be given an induction and training on all aspects of this role