What is a Connections Volunteer?
Connections Volunteers help our volunteers and employees who have lived experience of a learning disability and/or autism to use their local services.
They support them in a variety of ways which might include some of the following:
- Promoting VA services – presentations, attending events sharing information
- 1:1 support for clients – preparing for and attending meetings, with travel, basic admin
- Community contact point – drop ins, outreach sessions and site visits
- First contact point for new clients – gather info, explain our processes
- Sign-posting clients to the right services within or outside our organisation
- Supporting clients with a variety of needs to access services (Learning Disabilities, mental health issues)
What is needed for this role?
We are looking for individuals with the following key skills and attributes:
- Good communication skills – written and verbal
- Empathy and patience when supporting clients
- A knowledge of or interest in advocacy
- A working knowledge of Microsoft Office
- Ability to manage own time and prioritise workload
- Ability to work independently & as part of a team
- A commitment to the aims and ethos of VoiceAbility
What can you expect from us?
- the opportunity to make a positive difference to people with care and support needs.
- the opportunity to learn new skills, meet new people and gain experience in your chosen volunteering role(s).
- the opportunity to help us develop our volunteering work.
- volunteer induction training and training specific to any volunteering role you undertake.
- 1:1 Support from VoiceAbility staff including regular feedback.
- a reference if you complete over six months of Volunteering.
- the equipment you need to complete your role.
- reimbursement of expenses and travel costs in line with VoiceAbility policy.
What do we expect from you?
- to complete the recruitment process including providing two references and complete a DBS check (VoiceAbility will cover the cost of this).
- to complete all necessary training.
- understand and sign the Volunteering Agreement.
- to perform your role in a way that is consistent with VoiceAbility’s Values.
*We are particularly interested in hearing from those with experience of care and support needs*
- Age restrictions
- DBS check required
- Equal Opportunities Policy
- Expenses reimbursed
Reasonable expenses always covered
- Health and Safety Policy
- Ongoing support
- Training provided
- Volunteer induction
- Volunteer Policy
- Volunteers covered by insurance
- Written role description
When can I volunteer?
This opportunity is available Countywide.
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