Community Inclusion and Activity volunteer - various locations across Somerset
Volunteering with the Community Inclusion Team makes a difference to young people with a disability or additional need and their families as it enables them to try new things, have fun and access their local community.
There are a range of different voluntary roles that you can undertake to support the Community Inclusion Team.
• Helping at one of our regular clubs across the county
• Helping out at our holiday activity days
• At events
• Being a buddy to a disabled teenager who wants to hang out with someone their own age
• The chance to do something specific within our service if you have a particular interest in mind, such as: marketing and publicity, talking to service users, mystery shopping or a mini project..
Volunteering in this role provides you with the opportunity to gain experience working with children & young people with disabilities or enhance career development within education, social care, health and childcare. You will also gain a greater understanding of the issues and barriers that children & young people with disabilities and their family may face.
You will be linked with a member of the Short Breaks team who will act as your mentor to provide support and guidance throughout your time of volunteering with the team. They will discuss with you the needs of the children and young people – how they communicate, behaviours support, safety awareness etc. They will link with you as often as you both feel necessary.
Volunteer alongside the Short Breaks Team to help support regular groups, clubs and school holiday activities. You will help with setting up and clearing away as well as supporting children & young people and their families to feel welcome and join in with activities of the group.
Be a “buddy” for a family
In this role you will visit the young person’s home, meet the family and spend time getting to know the young person, and work towards giving the parent / carer a break to do other things in the home such as housework or spend time with other children. Each young person will have different wants and desires for the ‘buddy’ and it may be that over time you can start to access the local community together to try out new things and gain confidence.
You will help find out more about new organisations offering short breaks. This valuable information will then be passed onto families.