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Share Community

Share works with people with disabilities who need extra help and support in order to achieve their potential and realise their dreams and aspirations. Share’s aim is to transform disabled people’s lives so that they live more independently and make choices about all aspects of their lives. We provide training and employment support for disabled adults, including those with learning disabilities, physical/sensory impairments, autism and mental health needs. Share was founded in 1972. We are based in the London Borough of Wandsworth, but we work across the boroughs in London, supporting residents from Lambeth, Southwark, Croydon and Merton among others.

Every Monday we run an Arts and Crafts session for adults with disabilities. Within this role you will be working closely with our students on a range of different activities such as sewing, painting, designing t-shirts, making greeting cards, jewellery and much much more. The work focuses on developing student’s skills and attention to detail, as well as acting a therapeutic space. This session is run by our Arts and Crafts tutor, Diana. Your main responsibilities as a volunteer will be to develop relationships with students to support and tap in to their artistic abilities.

Role Aim: 

Within this role you will be working closely with our students on a range of different activities such as sewing, painting, designing t-shirts, making greeting cards, jewellery and much much more. The work focuses on developing student’s skills and attention to detail, as well as acting a therapeutic space.

Duties: 

Your main responsibilities as a volunteer will be to develop relationships with students to support and tap in to their artistic abilities. You’ll monitor student progression during sessions and promote inspirational thinking. You’ll support students to achieve their full potential, and increase self-confidence in their abilities to create and enjoy art and crafts. You’ll working with each student in a personalised way which reflects their level of understanding whilst broadening their knowledge base and craft skills.

Skills needed: 

Our ideal volunteer would have a love of arts and crafts and some experience of supporting people in an inclusive way. Our ideal volunteer would have good communication skills, they’d be warm, patient and friendly, and willing to go the extra mile to help people. They’d be punctual, reliable and have a strong commitment to the inclusion of disabled people in all aspects of life.

Training: 

You will receive a comprehensive induction. You’ll receive on-going support, an opportunity to develop your skills, and most of all a genuine opportunity to make a difference to people at risk of social isolation. The cost of your activities will be covered, and your travel will be reimbursed.

Location: 
64 Altenburg Gardens London SW11 1JL
Time commitment: 
N/A
Opening times: 
Mon, hours flexible.
Categories: 

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