Discovery


Welcome to Discovery’s Volunteering page!


Discovery is a social enterprise and is a subsidiary of the Dimensions UK Group.

You can browse our current volunteering opportunities below.

If you would like to apply or have any questions, please get in touch!

Email: volunteering@discovery-uk.org

or call 0300 303 9162 (Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm)

 

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Volunteering opportunities

Burnham-on-Sea - Volunteer Driver

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Would you like to make a real difference to someone's life?

 

Glenda loves her drumming class on a Friday and would like a friendly volunteer driver to help her get to and from her class!

 

You can either use your own car or drive one of the people we support's vehicle, a Seat Alhambra.  Please note that Glenda has a wheelchair which would need to be transported too

 

Activities will include:

  • Driving Glenda (and potentially others) to and from the drumming class (Fridays, 10.30am - 12pm)
  • Driving from Glastonbury to Burnham-on-Sea, and back
  • Ensuring passengers are safely secured in the car
  • Chatting and being friendly
  • Activities will NOT include: Personal care, medication or financial assistance.

 

We’re looking for someone who:

  • Is aged 21 or over, with at least 2 years driving experience
  • Holds a full, clean and current UK Driving License (or equivalent)
  • (If using your own car) Has a road worthy vehicle, with up to date road tax and MOT
  • Is reliable, conscientious, friendly and calm
  • Willing to commit to volunteer regularly (ideally once a week for at least 12 months)

 

A DBS check and two character references will be required for this role.

 

What you’ll gain from being a Discovery volunteer:

Discovery supports people with learning disabilities and autism, helping them to live more independently at home and in the community.

Our volunteers play a vital role in our work and in return, we support them with:

  • Free certificated training (with access to 800 plus courses)
  • Free membership to an online shopping discount scheme
  • Comprehensive support from professional, friendly and trained Discovery staff
  • Agreed travel expenses reimbursed, including petrol
  • An opportunity to gain real experience in the social care sector

   

Want to apply for this role?
If you’d like to be a Discovery volunteer, we’d love to hear from you!

 

Frome - Volunteer Driver

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Do you enjoy the freedom of driving, and getting out and about? Could you be the person to make a real difference to a person we support?

Rebecca loves going out for fun day trips. She would like a friendly volunteer driver to help her to get to and from the activities and appointments that are important to her!

Activities will include:

  • Driving Rebecca’s car from her home in Frome, to a variety of locations
  • Assisting Rebecca’s support worker with passenger safety routines
  • Planning driving routes or using Google maps app.
  • Chatting and being friendly
  • Activities will NOT include: Personal care, medication or financial assistance.

We’re looking for someone who:

  • Is aged 21 or over, with at least 2 years driving experience
  • Holds a full, clean and current UK Driving License (or equivalent)
  • Is kind and supportive
  • Is flexible and a good team player

 A DBS check and two character references will be required for this role.

What you’ll gain from being a Discovery volunteer:

Discovery supports people with learning disabilities and autism, helping them to live more independently at home and in the community.

Our volunteers play a vital role in our work and in return, we support them with:

  • Free certificated training (with access to 800 plus courses)
  • Free membership to an online shopping discount scheme
  • Comprehensive support from professional, friendly and trained Discovery staff
  • Agreed travel expenses reimbursed, including petrol
  • An opportunity to gain real experience in the social care sector

Want to apply for this role?
If you’d like to be a Discovery volunteer, we’d love to hear from you!

 

Yeovil - Cinema Club Volunteer

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If you love film and would like to have regular trips to the cinema with a fun group of people, this is the volunteer role for you!

Your ticket will be paid for and you would meet the group at either their home or the venue itself.

The club will be either on a Saturday or Sunday. There will be a mixture of people in the group including at least one Discovery colleague.

Activities will include:

  • Communicating with Discovery colleagues to make practical arrangements
  • Watching films with the people we support
  • Chatting about the film you have seen, while enjoying refreshments afterwards
  • Activities will NOT include: Personal care or medication 

We are looking for a volunteer who is:

  • Friendly, chatty and a clear communicator
  • Reliable and patient 
  • Willing to commit to volunteer regularly (exact times and days can be discussed)

A DBS check and two character references will be required for this role. 

What you’ll gain from being a Discovery volunteer:

Discovery supports people with learning disabilities and autism, helping them to live more independently at home and in the community.

Our volunteers play a vital role in our work and in return, we support them with:

  • Free certificated training (with access to 800 plus courses)
  • Free membership to an online shopping discount scheme
  • Comprehensive support from professional, friendly and trained Discovery staff
  • Agreed travel expenses reimbursed
  • An opportunity to gain real experience in the social care sector

Want to apply for this role?
If you’d like to be a Discovery volunteer, we’d love to hear from you!

 

About Us

Discovery supports people with learning disabilities, autism, challenging behaviour and complex needs. We are driven by our values. People with learning disabilities and their families are at the heart of everything we do and we want every person we support to have a great life, with excellent outcomes.  

Volunteer with us and help people with learning disabilities and autism to achieve more. We promise you will make a difference. In return, we will offer you the chance meet some great people, to develop new skills and experiences…and to have fun!