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Leonard Cheshire Disability

At Leonard Cheshire Disability, we work for a society in which every person is equally valued. We believe that disabled people should have the freedom to live their lives the way they choose - with the opportunity and support to live independently, to contribute economically, and to participate fully in society.

Application deadline: 
Friday, 1 November 2019

Leonard Cheshire Disability would love a Researcher and Project Assistant Volunteer to help improve the services they offer, including the implementation of their active support project. This opportunity would be perfect for those studying Psychology or Applied Behaviour Analysis, and will allow you to refine your data analysis and research skills.

Role Aim: 

Our Volunteer Researcher and Project Assistant will help us learn from research and data to inform and improve our services, with a particular focus implementing MyLife (active support)


• Coordinate and conduct research and organizational data entry and analysis with academic partners

• Assist with the development of quality assurance research to inform our systems and processes

• Support the implementation of MyLife (active support) at Leonard Cheshire – a model which maximises quality of life by promoting person centred outcomes

• Arranging training sessions and events on active support

• Administrative assistance including arranging meetings, making phone calls and other admin duties as required

• Attendance at professional forums, enabling sharing of clinical expertise, behavioural research and developments in behavioural analytic approaches

Skills needed: 

• Qualification in Psychology or Applied Behaviour Analysis, or to be working towards this

• Research and data analysis skills

• Ideally an understanding of active support

• Good IT skills (experience using SPSS, Power BI and Surveymonkey or similar is desirable)

• A good level of understanding in spoken and written English

• Ability to communicate effectively at all levels

• Ability to interact effectively with people with intellectual disabilities in positive manner

• Professional telephone manner

• Competent working independently

• Reliable and organised

• Understanding and commitment to the aims of Leonard Cheshire


Relevant training as required for the role will be provided.

Leonard Cheshire Disability Head Office, South Lambeth Road, Vauxhall, SW8 1RL
Time commitment: 
At least one day per week
Opening times: 
This opportunity is available 1 day per week, with a minimum commitment of 6 months Flexible to fit around your schedule

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