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Befriending and Social Groups

Volunteering at mirus can be a great way to learn new skills, make friends, and give something back to your community!

Volunteers needed in areas across Wales including Cardiff, Bridgend, Swansea, Gwent, Powys, and Ceredigion

A group of volunteers at our Paws and Pals walking group

Volunteering at mirus is rewarding, and it’s a great 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 17 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.

In brief:

  • We are looking for volunteers to become Befrienders, help run our social and walking groups, become Volunteer Buddies, or Digital Champions
  • We are particularly looking to welcome Welsh speakers to support our new Welsh club
  • Expenses are paid for travel, light refreshments and activities
  • Over 17s only
  • 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 weekday
  • You will have the opportunity to earn Tempo Time Credits

Download the Volunteer application form

For more info or to apply please contact our Community Network Coordinator, Gemma May, at: volunteer@mirus-wales.org.uk

Download the Befriender role description
Download the Social Groups Volunteer role description
Download the Volunteering Buddies role description
Download the Walking Groups Volunteer role description
Download the Welsh Club Volunteer role description

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