* Bucks Activity Project


Disability Support Volunteer


Disability Support Volunteer Role Description

Bucks Activity Project

This is an outline of what the role will involve, you will be given the opportunity to discuss this in more detail when you meet with the team.

Role Title

Disability Support Volunteer

Role Purpose

To support our staff on session with the children and young people

Location

All over Buckinghamshire

How Often/How Long

Minimum Age

Flexible to you (min. 4 hours a time)

18

Disclosure Checks

Is driving essential for the role?

This role is subject to an Enhanced Child and Adult DBS Check

No

 

What we need you to do

Our Disability Support volunteers work as part of a team to engage the children and young people with the activities we offer. They help us to set up, facilitate and pack up activities, clean and tidy, play and chat with the children, get involved and have fun. They can contribute to the planning of activities, and aid the team to make sure everyone is included and the environment is safe, all with the goal of creating an amazing experience for the child.

 

Typical Session: Arrive at venue, discuss children and read their profiles with the Team Leader. Spend 3 hours at venue with the children doing activities, e.g. jump on a trampoline, make playdough, or read a story with a child. After children get picked up, attend debrief and write observation notes.

When we run sessions:

  • Saturday and Sunday – 08.45-13.00 or 13.00-17.15
  • Tuesday and Thursday - 16.15-18.15-or 17.00-19.15 or 18.30-20.45
  • Every day in school holidays

 

What Skills and experience do you need?

  • Calm reaction to unpredictable situations
  • Good communication skills
  • Positive attitude
  • Work well in a team

 

Why we need your help

Respite/Short Breaks have positive benefits for both children and young people with disabilities and their parents and carers. They give children and young people time away from their family so they can develop independence, learn new skills, make friends, and reduce loneliness whilst giving parents and carers a break from their caring responsibilities and providing time to spend with other children in the family.

We have a strong paid staff team who work very hard full-time, but we are always looking to add value to the experiences we provide children in Buckinghamshire. Volunteers are that added value, bringing in a new face, a new perspective, new creativity, and new ideas. Your help would be invaluable.

 

 

What we can offer:

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  • All expenses including commute paid
  • Corporate discounts
  • Access to our Employee Assistance Program
  • Getting to know some great people and being part of our friendly team
  • Access to relevant training
  • Full and dedicated support
  • Flexibility around your work and commitments

 

What we ask of you:

  • To provide two references from non-family members and other relevant documents related to the role.
  • To keep to all the charity’s policies and guidelines.
  • To complete an induction and any training relating to the role.

 

If you have any further questions about the role, or need assistance with application form then please contact karen.elliott@actionforchildren.org.uk or 07740455389

 

Action for Children is passionate about promoting equality, valuing diversity and working inclusively. We welcome applications from all persons particularly those who identify as Male, people with Disabilities, and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic applicants, as these groups are currently under-represented in our organisation.

Our Vision

Bucks Activity Project

Providing short breaks for disabled children and young people aged 0-19

Bucks Activity Project provides community short breaks to children and young people aged 0-19 with disabilities and additional learning needs across Buckinghamshire. We currently have around 300 children registered with the service and have been running for over 20 years. 

Short Breaks have positive benefits for both children and young people with disabilities and their parents and carers. They give children and young people time away from their family so they can develop independence, learn new skills, make friends, and reduce loneliness whilst giving parents and carers a break from their caring responsibilities and providing time to spend with other children in the family.

At the moment we are looking for volunteers to help us run our project. We need people who are enthusiastic, fun-loving and pro-active to help out in our sessions with the children, and we also need organised and focused people to help us in the office with our admin tasks.