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Oxford & District Mencap

Oxford & District Mencap run holidays for people with a learning disability.

The role involves acting as a carer to an allocated guest on a camp style residential holiday. Volunteers offer one to one support and engage guests in the wide range of activities on offer. Activities can include sports, BBQs, discos, crafts, cinema trips, theme park trips and other days out.

Volunteers have the opportunity to attend an orientation day as well as receiving ongoing training from camp leaders. Volunteers need to be enthusiastic, a team player, up for a challenge and hardworking. It is an incredibly fun and rewarding opportunity to be a part of.

Application deadline: 

Help with our residental holidays for people with learning disabilities run entirely by volunteers! Have the oppportunity to act as a carer to an allocated guest providing them with 1 to 1 support and engage them in activities. Our guest have varying levels of needs, but one thing in common, your commitment to their holiday– it is a very special thing. They look forward to the holidays all year and often volunteers have as good a time as they do!

Role Aim: 

Volunteers facilitate Mencap holidays, which provide fun, friendship and new experiences for campers and volunteers alike. Although the holidays do require a lot of energy, patience & hard work, they are also immensely rewarding. As with all good holidays, they leave our campers with a fantastic set of memories to keep them going for the rest of the year – and hopefully you will feel the same!


Each volunteer is allocated a camper for the week. However, sometimes volunteers may look after more than one camper and sometimes we have more than one volunteer per camper (e.g. in the case of behavioural problems). This may sound daunting but don’t worry, we provide training, advice and support. Some campers just want a great companion for the week, others need a bit more support. There is a briefing on the needs of all the campers before they arrive including a half day training session and the medical assistant and camp leaders are there throughout the week to help you. There are also daily meetings to provide advice and support. You do not have to have done anything like this before.

Skills needed: 

We look for people with a can-do attitude, prepared to work as part of a team for the week, who are open to new ideas. Some of our volunteers go on to careers in similar work areas such as psychology or nursing, others just do the holidays for a different experience.


Volunteers have the opportunity to come along to an orientation day as well as receiving ongoing training and support from the camp leaders, you will not be asked to do anything you are un-comfortable with. Previous experience is not necessary, an ability to under-stand someone’s needs and create a truly special week for them is. You must be 17 years and above.

Hill End Residential Field Study Centre, Eynsham Road, Farmoor, Oxford, OX2 9NJ
Time commitment: 
At least one day per week
Opening times: 
Mencap I (Wales)- 19th to 26th August Mencap II (Adults) - 14th to 22nd July Mencap III (Young Adults) and Mencap IV (Top Camp)- 22nd to 29th July Mencap V (Teens)- 29th July to 5th August
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