Social Group Volunteer - Colchester

Come and join the fun ….

We need friendly, outgoing people to assist at our monthly group meetings in Colchester.

Our members really enjoy getting together each month to have a good chat and a catch up.

For many, it provides a much needed opportunity to get out and to meet and make new friends in a safe supported environment. Managing a combined sight and hearing loss can sometimes be an isolating and lonely experience so we aim to make our social groups as friendly and welcoming as possible.

How can you help…

Our friendly Group Volunteers are a fantastic support to our members and we are looking for those special people who can bring that extra sparkle to our social groups.

Our Colchester group meets on the 3rd Thursday of every month from 11.00am-2.00pm with plans to open an additional group in the area.

As a volunteer in this role, your tasks would be varied and typically would include meeting and greeting at the start of each session, assisting with lunch and refreshments and being available to chat and spend time with those attending.

Sometimes, we get out and about on a day trip or enjoy a meal out so being a car driver would be useful too.

We would be very interested in anyone who has a particular talent…so if you are a singing superstar, enjoy quizzes and crafting or have a few magic tricks up your sleeve, your skills could make all the difference to our group.

Whatever your talents, a friendly, welcoming manner is essential.

Guiding our deafblind members will be required and you may also be required to push a wheelchair.

Full training and 1:1 support is provided to all our volunteers as well as further learning opportunities once in the role.

Skills

The role will suit people who …

  • Are confident with a warm, friendly and engaging manner

  • Can empathise with the pressures on deafblind people, their families and understand the need for support
  • Have a sense of humour Are self-motivated with an ability to work on own initiative
  • Have excellent communication and organisational skills with the ability to work on own initiative Are reliable, confident and responsible individual, with enthusiasm and effective interpersonal skill.
  • Are able to demonstrate sensitivity and understanding of the needs of people who have sight and hearing loss
  • Have a willingness to learn communication and guiding techniques to meet the needs of the deafblind person / people Have experience in organising group activities and session planning Are confident in handling cash and logging information
  • Have access to the internet and a suitable device for completing online training (approx. 2-3 hours in total) Aged 18+

Details

  • Accessibility
  • Data Protection policy
  • DBS check required
  • Equal opportunities policy
  • Expenses reimbursed
    Up to £20 per month
  • Health and Safety Policy
  • Ongoing support
  • Suitable for under 18s
  • Training provided
  • Volunteer induction
  • Volunteer policy
  • Volunteers covered by insurance
  • Written role description

When can I volunteer?

Start Date: 18/11/2021

End Date: 28/10/2024

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Availability Details

Our Colchester group meets on the 3rd Thursday of every month from 11.00am-2.00pm with plans to open an additional group in the area.


Location

Smiths Field
Colchester
CO1 2HP

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