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Gig Buddies Volunteer - Bradford

Mencap

Job Description

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Gig Buddies has been matching young people with learning disabilities with members of their local community to take part in life after 5pm, whether that is gigs, clubs, going to the cinema or theatre, or just a quiet drink in the pub.

To find out a bit more about the impact the project has on our buddies,check out this feature on the BBC.

Were looking for volunteers in the Bradford area who are:

  • 18 +
  • Having an interest in improving the lives of people with a learning disability
  • Wanting to meet people in your local community
  • Outgoing
  • Passionate
  • Good communicator
  • Confident

Volunteer commitments:

  • Online training session including safeguarding and learning disability awareness
  • Minimum volunteer hours - 4 hours a month (twice a month at approx. 2 hours each)
  • Meet virtually or in person with your matched gig buddy twice a month
  • Attend group socials once a month

For more information about the project and its background,click here to visit the main Gig Buddies page.

Benefits

What you can expect

  • Relevant training
  • Induction to the service and volunteer role
  • Ongoing support from the gig buddies coordinator
  • Agreed expenses to be reimbursed (e.g. travel)
  • The chance to extend knowledge and experience of the voluntary sector
  • The chance to make a difference to peoples lives
  • The opportunity to empower someone with a learning disability to become a valued member of their community
  • References after 6 months of volunteering

To see how the project has adapted since lockdown,check out this article.

Benefits

What you can expect

  • Relevant training
  • Induction to the service and volunteer role
  • To feel fully supported in my role
  • Agreed out-of-pocket expenses to be reimbursed (e.g. travel)
  • The chance to extend my knowledge and experience of the voluntary sector
  • The chance to take on a new challenge and make a difference to peoples lives
  • The opportunity to support someone with a learning disability to live a life like anyone else and make choices about how you spend social time together
  • To feel appreciated and valued for my contribution
  • The chance to gain experience and boost your confidence in a community setting
  • References after 6 months of volunteering for future employment or volunteering opportunities

About Mencap

Mencap is the leading voice of learning disability. Everything we do is about valuing and supporting people with a learning disability, and their families and carers.

Mencap are strongly encouraging all our colleagues to have the Covid-19 vaccine as a way to help protect each other and the people we support. This is becoming increasingly important as evidence is starting to grow that the vaccine could help stop the spread of the virus, as well as protecting the person vaccinated from getting very ill. In addition, you maybe asked to take a lateral flow test or wear PPE when you volunteer.

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Good luck with your application