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About the organisation

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.

Application deadline: 

Do you want to do something great for your community, whilst having an amazing time? We are looking for volunteers to support adults with learning disabilities and autism to Go Anywhere, and Do Anything during the evenings and at weekends!

Having a learning disability or autism means that people find it harder to learn new things, communicate, manage money, read, or write. People with learning disabilities want to have the same life experience as everyone else, including being able to do things that makes life more enjoyable and meaningful.

Role Aim: 

You’ll be helping your buddy to reach the life goal they’ve set themselves, such as using money, doing something new, being more active, letting their hair down, staying out late, using their mobile phone, pursuing an interest or making a new friend.

Duties: 

You’ll accompany a member of Share (your buddy) on a day out of yours or their choice, either 1-1, or if others want to go, on a 2-2 basis. You’ll organise the trip by sorting out timings, planning the route, communicating with the venue and liaising with the member and parents/carers. Whilst on the trip you’ll support your buddy to do things like navigate the tube system, buy a drink at the bar, find their way around but most of all have an amazing day or night out! You’ll need to make sure the your buddy stays safe on the trip and gets home safely at the end of it - people are normally either met by parents/carers or travel independently but on occasion, you may need to drop someone home.

Skills needed: 

Our ideal volunteer will be reliable, sociable, energetic, and friendly, with a real sense of fun. You’ll need to be open minded and positive about diversity, whilst being pro-active and organised. You’ll need to enjoy meeting new people, and be committed to building empowering relationships with people with learning disabilities and autism. No previous experience necessary.

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: 
Evenings and weekends

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