Community Befriender – Volunteer Role

Community Befriender – Volunteer Role

Who are Midland Mencap?

Midland Mencap is a charity which works and campaigns for accessible and inclusive services and a better quality of life for everyone with experience of learning disabilities and additional needs.

Volunteering with Midland Mencap is your opportunity to help us achieve our vision.

Purpose of the role?

To support adults with a learning disability to access their hobbies, explore their interests and experience new things. We are looking for friendly, creative and keen volunteer befrienders to reduce social isolation for people who receive our services. Volunteering just a small amount of your time can help reduce loneliness and significantly improve the mental health of a person.

What would I be doing?

• Meeting regularly with the person you are volunteering with.
• Get to know them, their interests, hobbies or aspirations
• Safely travel to and from social / community activities of their choosing.
• Help them to take part in activities.

What skills do I need?

• Being approachable, friendly & a good communicator.
• To be reliable and punctual for the person you’re volunteering with.
• To be honest, trustworthy and carry out your role with integrity.
• A willingness to learn and work within guidelines set out by Midland Mencap
• Accepting of others who might be different to you and the ability to work as part of a diverse team

An enhanced DBS check will be required by all successful applicants.

When and where do you need me?

• We ask our Community Befrienders to give a minimum of 4 hours per month, however if you can give more than that you are welcome to. These hours are flexible, depending on your availability and the needs of the person you are volunteering with.
• You will need to be able to travel within, and meet people in the Birmingham area.

What’s in it for me?

As one of our valued volunteers, Midland Mencap will offer you:

• The opportunity to make a difference to the lives of people with learning disabilities and their family carers
• An induction and settling in period
• Any training and development that is needed
• The chance to develop your skills and gain experience
• The opportunity to meet new people and be part of a diverse team
• Support within your role
• Any out-of-pocket travel expenses
• Lots of appreciation for your amazing contribution
To support adults with a learning disability to access their hobbies, explore their interests and experience new things. We are looking for friendly, creative and keen volunteer befrienders to reduce social isolation for people who receive our services. Volunteering just a small amount of your time can help reduce loneliness and significantly improve the mental health of a person.

What would I be doing?

• Meeting regularly with the person you are volunteering with.
• Get to know them, their interests, hobbies or aspirations
• Safely travel to and from social / community activities of their choosing.
• Help them to take part in activities.

What skills do I need?

• Being approachable, friendly & a good communicator.
• To be reliable and punctual for the person you’re volunteering with.
• To be honest, trustworthy and carry out your role with integrity.
• A willingness to learn and work within guidelines set out by Midland Mencap
• Accepting of others who might be different to you and the ability to work as part of a diverse team

An enhanced DBS check will be required by all successful applicants.

When and where do you need me?

• We ask our Community Befrienders to give a minimum of 4 hours per month, however if you can give more than that you are welcome to. These hours are flexible, depending on your availability and the needs of the person you are volunteering with.
• You will need to be able to travel within, and meet people in the Birmingham area.

What’s in it for me?

As one of our valued volunteers, Midland Mencap will offer you:

• The opportunity to make a difference to the lives of people with learning disabilities and their family carers
• An induction and settling in period
• Any training and development that is needed
• The chance to develop your skills and gain experience
• The opportunity to meet new people and be part of a diverse team
• Support within your role
• Any out-of-pocket travel expenses
• Lots of appreciation for your amazing contribution

What to do if you’re interested?

Download and complete the Volunteering application form here on our website,

Email the completed application form to volunteering@midlandmencap.org.uk.

For more information or an informal chat, call 0121 442 2944 and speak to someone about how volunteering could work for you.

To apply for this job email your details to volunteering@midlandmencap.org.uk

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