Volunteering to support people with a learning disability | Oxfordshire County Council

Volunteering to support people with a learning disability

How you can make a practical difference to the lives of people who use our services.

We would love to hear from you

  • Do you have three hours or more each week to do something of value?
  • Are you reliable and willing to make a regular commitment to us?
  • Would you like to make a difference in people’s lives?
  • Do you have a particular skill or hobby that you could teach others?
  • If you have answered yes, we would love to hear from you!

Why we need volunteers

We need volunteers to help:

  • support activities within our Learning disability daytime support services in Oxfordshire
  • support people with leisure activities
  • give one-to-one support with activities such as swimming, art, work.

We want people who can make a practical difference and who enjoy the satisfaction of ensuring people who use our services are well supported.

Who can apply to be a volunteer

Anyone over the age of 18, who is:

  • patient and objective
  • committed and reliable
  • a good listener and communicator
  • able to relate to people with a broad range of needs.

There are no formal qualifications required to become a volunteer but there are health and safety and security issues that have to be addressed. An application form will need to be filled in and references required.

What you will get in return

We value the contribution that volunteers make to our services and in return we offer:

  • a friendly and inclusive atmosphere
  • mentoring from an experienced member of staff
  • comprehensive induction training, linked to the National Diploma Awards
  • ongoing support and training where necessary.

How to apply

We have opportunities in most areas of the county. For more information, contact:

Eloise Coyle, Team Development Officer
Tel: 078 269 50519
Email: eloise.coyle@oxfordshire.gov.uk

Last reviewed
07 October 2016
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