Volunteering at mirus is definitely a rewarding opportunity for you to make a difference in the lives of people with learning disabilities.
Whether you’ve got a hobby that you would like to share, a particular interest, or simply love having a chat over a cup of coffee, you could be helping someone achieve a life goal. Volunteering at mirus can be a great way to learn new skills, make friends, and it makes you feel good!
We are looking for volunteers, aged 18 or over, who are able to give some of their time, on a weekly or fortnightly basis, preferably for at least 6 months. Don’t fret if you do not have any experience because there is a free training programme that includes a befriending induction, safeguarding, first aid, and much more. A DBS is undertaken for all volunteers which we will help you to complete.
This is a voluntary role, however, out-of-pocket expenses – such as travel, entry fees, or light refreshments – can also be provided.
Volunteers can gain experience working with people who have learning disabilities and physical disabilities, which is useful if you wish to branch into support work and social work. You will have opportunities to meet people, make friends, become more involved in your community, increase your confidence and interpersonal skills. This experience is suitable for almost everyone, even those who work or study full time, as there are opportunities to volunteer during the evenings and weekends, as well as week days.
- Expenses are paid for travel, light refreshments and activities
- Over 18s only
- Volunteers generally do not volunteer alone – there will be another volunteer or a support worker there to help
- Volunteers are there to be a supportive friend, they are never asked to undertake personal care or manual handling, administer medication, or complete domestic tasks
- Volunteers do not replace support staff – if an individual has needs which are beyond the expectations of the volunteer there will be support staff present
- DBS is undertaken for all volunteers, even if they have recently had one done, but a criminal record doesn’t necessarily exclude you from volunteering
- Volunteers do not need to pay for a DBS or training
- Suitable for people who work / study full time as there are opportunities during evenings and weekends as well as weekdays
- Cardiff: Befrienders and social groups
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