Activities and Social Groups Volunteers
Our activities and social group volunteers are key in making sure individuals attending the groups feel comfortable and included in whatever they’re doing. As a volunteer, you would help out with the activity or simply provide company to those attending. Most importantly you are there to help make sure everything runs smoothly and a good time is had by all!
About the service
The Focus Birmingham Sight Loss Support Service offers a vital source of support, information and advice to people who are experiencing sensory loss.
Through an understanding of individual need, we seek to offer reassurance and practical assistance. We work with partner organisations such as social services and where appropriate, can refer people to colleagues within Focus Birmingham, who provide services such as low vision assessments, falls preventions advice and recommendations regarding aids that can support independent living.
We are here to improve the quality of life for people with sensory loss and disabilities and those we seek to support are at the heart of everything we do.
This role requires an Enhanced Adult workforce DBS disclosure and 2 character references.
The role will be undertaken at various times and locations across the week across the city and also at our head office in Harborne.
- Helping out with a variety of activities which could include sports, arts, crafts, pub nights, special events …amongst others.
- Providing a helping hand to individuals attending and staff.
- Support those attending to make connections and social interaction.
- Acting as a sighted guide, push wheelchairs if needed - training with be given.
- Help individuals access the lavatories.
- To undertake any other training relevant to this role.
Tasks which will NOT be included as part of the role
- Volunteers will not have responsibility for an individual’s finances.
- Volunteers will not have responsibility for personal care of individuals attending.
- Volunteers will not work alone with individuals where there are complex healthcare needs and/or challenging behaviours that require specialist interventions.
Desirable Skills and Experience
- A commitment to the aims and values of Focus Birmingham.
- Great communicator.
- Willing to get stuck into a variety of activities.
- Friendly and welcoming.
- Flexibility and reliability
The nature of this role is very flexible, commitment to be discussed at the informal chat.
What you can expect from us
- Sight Loss Awareness and Focus Induction.
- Safeguarding awareness.
- Any additional relevant training to enable you to undertake the role will be discussed.
- Dedicated support from your line manager and volunteer coordinator.
- Reimbursement of reasonable out of pocket expenses such as travel by bus/car.
For more information about placements at Focus Birmingham or if you would like to apply, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator on 0121 478 5221.