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Latin American Disabled People's Project

Since 1989, LADPP has been providing services to Spanish and Portuguese speaking migrant/refugee communities in London, with a particular (but not exclusive) focus on those with disabilities. Chiefly our users are from Latin America but we also work with people from Europe and Africa. Increasingly we see the community facing barriers; language, exploitation, lack of information regarding British systems resulting in social exclusion, poverty, stress and in the worst cases, homelessness. We provide a range of services aimed at supporting people to find work, learn English, understand and receive their rights, access healthcare and education. Our aims are to promote independence, well-being and community integration.

Do you have a good level of Spanish or Portuguese and a genuine interest in supporting a small, almost entirely volunteer-run charity that provides services to newly settled communities in the capital? Then this volunteer role might be for you!

Role Aim: 

Since 1989, LADPP has been providing services to Spanish and Portuguese speakers, with a particular (but not exclusive) focus on those with disabilities. Chiefly our users are from Latin America but we also work with people from Europe and Africa. Increasingly we see the community facing barriers; language, exploitation, lack of information regarding British systems resulting in social exclusion, poverty, stress and in the worst cases, homelessness.

We provide a range of services aimed at supporting people to find work, learn English, understand and receive their rights, access healthcare and education. Our aims are to promote independence, wellbeing and community integration.

We are looking for an individual with the knowledge or skills set in an activity that can help improve wellbeing. This could be anything from alternative therapies (yoga, meditation), to art therapy, physical exercise, music or health educational topics. The activity or workshop will be targeted at the Latin American and Portuguese speaking communities in London. This could be delivered either on a weekly basis or occasionally.

Duties: 

- Plan, organize and run sessions for clients on your topic of expertise.

- Engage with clients in a positive manner and promote healthy habits.

- Report back to project coordinator on sessions feedback and outcomes.

Skills needed: 

-You will be knowledge on the topic you decide to teach or run a session on. This can include and cultural, artistic or holistic activity.

-Fluency in Spanish or Portuguese is necessary (most of our client base does not speak English).

-You will have a friendly and sympathetic personality and will be enthusiastic to work with a team of passionate volunteers.

-You will have the ability to listen, communicate and engage with people of all ages, genders, races, ethnicities, sexual orientations, cultures and abilities with a non-judgemental approach – that is culturally sensitive and aware of individual circumstances and needs.

-You will be sensitive when working with vulnerable people and will have a genuine interest in promoting their well-being and independence.

-Commitment of at least 3 months.

Training: 

There will be an initial induction, and ‘on the job’ training. In addition, you will have the opportunity to attend training from external third tier organisations.

Location: 
Unit 7 42 Braganza Street London SE17 3RJ
Time commitment: 
3-5 hours per week
Opening times: 
N/A
Once you’ve registered interest in this volunteering role, we’ll send your name and UCL email address to the organisation for their records. You’ll also receive information about the next steps to take if you do wish to take things forward. The organisation has signed up to our code of standards, which includes a commitment to protecting your data. We won’t share your information with anyone unless you’ve given explicit consent to. We’ll also retain your details so we can follow up to see how you’re getting on with your volunteering and offer support if necessary. We take good care of your data – you can see full details here