Community Activities Volunteer
Macclesfield Speaking Up Speaking Out
Community Activities Volunteer – Person Specification
While we value personal qualities and enthusiasm above all, and will give training and on-going support - below are some of the other qualities you might bring to the role.
Qualities, values and skills – most important for the role
• Ability to working alongside people with a learning disability in a non-judgemental and respectful way
• To appreciate their right to make decisions for themselves
• Good social skills and a good listener
• Ability to give and receive feedback
• To be reliable & dependable
• Have a sensitive and caring attitude towards others
• Willing to attend induction, ongoing training and occasional events
Qualities, values and skills - desirable for the role
• Some understanding of and interest in learning disability issues.
• Commitment to volunteer for a minimum of 6 months
• A willingness to try new things
• IT skills.
• Have a warm and open personality and a sense of humour
• Able to participate in occasional longer activities or outings further away from Macclesfield.
We would ask all potential volunteers to attend induction training before commencing their roles
As the position involves working with vulnerable adults, volunteers are subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check
We would expect all volunteers to work to the ethos values and policies of SUSO and approach their work in a mature and professional manner.
Macclesfield Speaking Up Speaking Out is committed to empowering and working with adults with learning disabilities, by providing a safe, friendly and constructive environment. Volunteers provide a core element of this service as they enhance and support paid staff in the work they do towards this goal.
Role Title: Community Activities Volunteer
Where: 25 – 27 Old Park Lane
Weekly – Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. Some evenings.
Friendly, patient volunteers are invited to join our group to support members on a range of events and trips out in the community. You will be supporting adults with learning disabilities - a group of people often excluded in society - to enjoy and take part in lots of everyday activities in their local community, such as pub visits, bowling, meals, walks, visits, art and photography.
Your support will also enable them to develop confidence and life skills, and will really make a difference to the lives of people who are often overlooked.
What can we offer you?
The project will provide a supportive and friendly environment in which to volunteer. You will be contributing your time and skills to an exciting, new and important community project, which could have a real impact on the lives of people with learning disabilities in the Macclesfield area.
We offer flexible hours and the reimbursement of expenses. Training and on-going support will be given along with the opportunity for further future training.
We welcome those who would like to share their interests with others and participate in new activities out and about. As well as offering the opportunities to make a difference and add real value to a new and developing community service, this role will also enable you to meet a wide range of new people and make new friends, developing your confidence and abilities whilst learning new skills.
What commitment would we like from you?
We anticipate that this role will require a commitment of 3-4 hours fortnightly, and while we would hope volunteers could commit to the role for 12 months, 6 months would be acceptable.
All roles are subject to an enhanced DBS check.