As an Activity Assistant, you will plan and facilitate a weekly activity session for older adults with learning disabilities at a service in Leyton. By facilitating and planning an activity, you provide an invaluable opportunity for the people we support to socialise and reduce isolation providing a creative and therapeutic outlet for the residents. Example of activities may include; arts & crafts, baking, pampering (eg.: nails),… Ad hoc duties such as, taking the residents to the local shop (initially supervised).
• Plan sessions and arrange collection of materials with service (service will cover material costs);
• Deliver sessions to a group of older adults with learning disabilities, considering different needs and forms of communication;
• Encouraging people to engage, and thinking of different ways to help people engage.
Skills, Attitudes and Experience
• You have experience in a variety of arts & crafts, baking or pampering methods
• You are confident sharing skills
• You are able to plan activities ahead of time
• You are friendly and have strong interpersonal skills
• You are passionate about making a difference in the lives of older people, dementia, people with learning disabilities, and/or people with autism spectrum disorder
• You are patient, empathetic, and open-minded
• You are organised and can work independently
• You take initiative and manage your workload
• You are reliable and punctual
• You are a strong communicator
• Meet different kinds of people and make new friends
• Receive support from the Volunteer Team and an assigned supervisor
• Become part of a community of staff and volunteers who are passionate about making a difference
• Receive references for future opportunities and build your CV
• Receive reimbursement for reasonable out of pocket expenses
• Be invited to volunteer events
• Additional training to help you grow in your role
• Covered by Outward’s insurance policy
• We encourage you to commit to a minimum of four months as a volunteer to optimise the experience for the people we support
• 3-4 hours a week, including planning. Sessions can be any day of the week between 10am – 1pm or 2pm.
Before commencing your role, you will be required to complete the following training:
• Volunteer Training Session (approximately 2 hours)
• Online Training Courses: Epilepsy, Safeguarding, Care and Confidentiality, Fire Safety, Health and Safety, Equality and Diversity
• Service Inductions
• You may be asked to attend an informal group or individual interview and info session
• If you are selected for a volunteer role, you will be required to undergo a DBS check, submit two references, and complete the abovementioned mandatory training before you can start your role.
• Please note from April 2022, Outward will require all face to face volunteers to demonstrate a COVID vaccination pass, or proof of exemption.
If there is any way that we can make the application process or the volunteer role more accessible for you, please do not hesitate to let us know. We will be happy to make any accommodations we can for you.