Help out at our weekly Friday Night Social, a disco for adults with learning disabilities!

Role:                            Friday Night Social Support Volunteer

Supported by:          Learning and Leisure Manager/ Team Leader & Volunteer Coordinator

Location:                    Centre 404

When:                         Friday’s from 7:00 – 9:30 PM

Timeframe
Length of commitment: 6 months
Frequency: Once a week/Fortnightly
Estimated total hours: 2.5

 

About this volunteer role:

To support the running of Friday Night Social by positively interacting with our members with learning disabilities and help provide a rewarding and enjoyable experience for all involved.

A clubs assistant may support people to socially interact more fully as well as engage positively in activities. They will also assist the support workers in the setting up and running of the disco. Volunteers will be part of a team and will be supported and supervised by a senior support worker.

Examples of the support you will offer:

  • Enabling people to build confidence and self-esteem through activities.
  • To support an individual or group to engage more fully with the activities and with other members in the group
  • To positively encourage participation in activities, groups and clubs.
  • Help collect entrance fees and check in attendees
  • Help pass out drinks and snacks to service users
  • Help monitor activities

Other expectations:

  • To work with people in a way that takes account of their individual, cultural and religious needs.
  • To work with people who may have high needs and variety of communication needs
  • To co-operate with other team members.
  • To communicate with other team members and on a regular basis with the Volunteer Co-ordinator on how it’s going as well as reporting any incidents.
  • Volunteers will be invited to support sessions and offered training where appropriate.

Personal attributes:

Volunteers will be expected to be a good listener and to be calm and patient with the ability to help someone understand issues without imposing their own opinion.

This role offers volunteers the opportunity to enable people to enjoy a friendly, relaxed and inclusive experience and to learn to be more confident, assertive and happy in their lives.

Previous experience of or knowledge of working with a vulnerable client group would be helpful but is not essential as training and an induction is provided.

Volunteer will not be bothered by loud music or flashing lights.

 

As a Centre 404 volunteer you will receive:

  • An induction to the role
  • Reimbursement of out of pocket travel expenses relating to your volunteer placement (up to £5 per session)
  • Ongoing support and supervision with the Volunteer Coordinator
  • Any identified training required to enable you to perform the volunteer role to the best of your ability, which will be arranged by and paid for by Centre 404
  • After 3 months as a Centre 404 volunteer, we will provide a reference if required for paid work or for other purposes
  • Protection through Centre 404’s employee liability insurance policy whilst on the premises or engaged in any work on behalf of Centre 404
  • Opportunities to meet other Centre 404 volunteers to share experiences
  • Invitation to the Centre 404 Annual General Meeting Summer Garden Party

Other information:

This volunteer placement is subject to references and a DBS check. The recruitment of all volunteer placements adhere to Centre 404’s equal opportunities policy.

 

If you are interested in volunteering, please fill out our volunteer joining form and email it to JosieK@Centre404.org.uk