Social Activity Support Volunteer

  • Social Activity Support Volunteer
  • Stockton-on-Tees
  • Catalyst

We’re delighted to be working in partnership with Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council, to develop a new volunteer scheme to support and empower adults with specific learning disabilities who are in contact with or receive Adult Social Care support. Volunteers will be matched with individuals, and their role will be to encourage and enable those individuals to engage in social activities within their community and explore personal hobbies and interests, in order to increase confidence, combat isolation and improve mental wellbeing.

Throughout the project, we will spend time with the individual and find out what they want from the service, their likes and dislikes, what activities they want to take part in & where they want to go, and match them up with one of our friendly volunteers who are DBS and checked and fully trained.

Our Volunteer Coordinator will provide support for both the volunteer and the individual using the service during every part of the journey, to ensure both feel comfortable and happy.

If you require more information on the scheme, please email alice.robinson@catalyststockton.org or call 07961660944

Department

Adult Social Care

Responsibilities


  • Complete the necessary volunteer induction and training sessions, and any additional training opportunities as necessary

  • Support people in activities such as attending social activities & groups, learning new skills & hobbies, using public transport and achieving personal goals

  • Support people for up to 12 weeks, committing around 4 hours a fortnight

  • Maintain confidentiality throughout the service (making the people aware information will be shared with the Volunteer Coordinator where necessary)

  • To help people develop their self-confidence and social skills by building and maintaining a supportive relationship

  • Complete service evaluation as required by the Volunteer Coordinator

Knowledge & Skills

• Some awareness of learning disabilities and/or autism would be useful but not essential

• An understanding of challenges and barriers that people who use the service may face would be useful but not essential

• Ability to support, encourage and enable others to fulfil tasks and activities

Personal Qualities

• Friendly, respectful and non-judgemental attitude towards people who use the service and their needs

• Demonstrated good listening and personal skills

• Reliable, trustworthy and proactive

General Requirements

We request that volunteers offer on average at least 4 hours
per fortnight to the service. Most service users will be offered up to 12 weeks
of support. (Please note this period can differ between individual service
users).

Support/Training:

Catalyst will provide necessary training and 1-1 support
throughout your voluntary service, including:


  • DBS check

  • Induction training pack

  • Learning disabilities & autism awareness training

  • Paid expenses (including travel and out of pocket)

  • Catalyst policies and procedures, including our Diversity and Equality, Health and Safety and Safeguarding Policies

Apply

Please complete the form below to register your interest in the opportunity.