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Volunteer at a group

Volunteer at a group

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At Guideposts we run a wide range of group-based activities for people with learning disabilities, dementia, mental health problems, as well as social groups for older people and groups for carers. Our groups can always benefit from more friendly faces to help out and talk to those who attend! Take a look at the roles below:

CONNECT Group Support – Gloucestershire

Service: CONNECT Gloucestershire
Location: Whitminster, Stroud, or Gloucester
Commitment: Flexible – our groups meet once a fortnight and you can discuss your commitment with the CONNECT Coordinator

About our CONNECT projects

Our two Guideposts CONNECT groups meet fortnightly in Whitminster and Gloucester for a conversation over a cuppa, building local friendships. We arrange activities so that people attending can discover new hobbies or interests together with our main focus of sharing conversation with friends and having fun!

Carers can also take part either with the person they care for or independently. The carers support group is a space to share hints and tips between carers with similar experiences or just enjoy a respite break.

Find out when and where our groups meet

About the role

Volunteers can involved in lots of fun ways! Examples of the sort of activities you can help include:

  • Helping out with activities
  • Helping with refreshments
  • Encouraging our clients to take part in group activities
  • Sharing your own skills or hobbies with the group (e.g. music, art, quizzes, crafts – anything at all!)

What to expect

You will find volunteering at our day opportunities a rewarding experience and a great opportunity for you to develop your skills and maybe learn new skills such as team working, listening, communication and building your own confidence.

All volunteers will receive an induction, training and on-going support in your role.

No personal care is involved and any out of pocket travel expenses are reimbursed

This role is ideal for you if:

  • You’ve got a hobby or passion that you would love to share with people
  • You enjoy talking to older people and carers
  • You have a couple of hours free during the day

Volunteer requirements

No experience is needed – just an open mind and lots of energy to have fun!

CONNECT Group Support – Oxfordshire

Service: CONNECT Oxfordshire
Location: Witney
Commitment: Flexible – our groups meet once a fortnight and you can discuss your commitment with the CONNECT Coordinator.

About CONNECT Oxfordshire

The aims of CONNECT Oxfordshire is to provide an opportunities for people with dementia and their carers to stay active, meet friends and have fun in a safe and friendly environment. Activities include:

  • Painting and craft making
  • Music, singing
  • Reminiscence, reading and poetry
  • Chat
  • Refreshments and cake

About the role

Examples of the sort of activities you can help include:

  • Helping out with activities
  • Helping with refreshments
  • Encouraging our clients to take part in group activities
  • Sharing your own skills or hobbies with the group (e.g. music, art, quizzes, crafts – anything at all!)

What to expect

You will find volunteering at our day opportunities a rewarding experience and a great opportunity for you to develop your skills and maybe learn new skills such as team working, listening, communication and building your own confidence.

All volunteers will receive an induction, training and on-going support in your role.

No personal care is involved and any out of pocket travel expenses are reimbursed

This role is ideal for you if:

  • You’ve got a hobby or passion that you would love to share with people
  • You enjoy talking to people with dementia and carers
  • You have a couple of hours free during the day

Volunteer requirements

No experience is needed – just an open mind and lots of energy to have fun!

Community Mental Health Group Support – Hertfordshire

Service: Community Mental Health Services in South-West Hertfordshire
Location: Watford, South Oxhey, Borehamwood, Rickmansworth, Potters Bar
Commitment: Flexible – our groups meet weekly or fortnightly for 2-3 hour sessions, and you can discuss your commitment with the group coordinator.

About Community Mental Health Groups

The aims of our community mental health services are works with people living with mental health conditions to improve wellbeing, reduce social isolation, and help people to find a greater purpose in life. We have community support groups, where service users and volunteers meet in cafes; and centre groups at our centres in Watford in Borehamwood.

Some groups are based on being social and sharing experiences; others are based around specific activities. If you have a particular interest or skill to share they may fit well with a group. Our activity groups include:

  • Painting and craft making
  • Gardening at our allotment
  • Exercise including walking, badminton, and football

About the role

Examples of the sort of things you can help with include:

  • Helping with refreshments
  • Helping out with activities
  • Encouraging participants to take part in group activities
  • Sharing your own skills or hobbies with the group (e.g. music, art, quizzes, crafts – anything at all!)

What to expect

We have above all a friendly and supportive community. We hope you will find volunteering with us a rewarding experience.

It is a great opportunity for you to develop or learn new skills such as team working, listening, communication and building your own confidence.

All volunteers will receive an induction, training and on-going support in your role.

No personal care is involved and any out of pocket travel expenses are reimbursed.

This role is ideal for you if:

  • You enjoy sharing conversation
  • You would like to help someone improve the quality of their life
  • You have a couple of hours free during the working week

Volunteer requirements

  • No experience is needed – just an open mind and an interest in meeting people!
  • You will need a recent DBS check (this can be arranged when you apply)
Roleplaying Games Master – Oxfordshire

Service: Better Connected
Location: Witney – Oxfordshire
Commitment: 2 hours per week

Better Connected provides social opportunities for people with autism and learning disabilities and is the only friendship service of its kind accessible from anywhere in the UK. We run a wide range of online groups, we publish a monthly community magazine, and as lockdown ends we hope to run some of our groups in-person in Oxfordshire and Hertfordshire.

Learn more about Better Connected and our groups

About the role

We would like to expand our service with a number of groups centred on gaming for young adults with autism. Increasing research shows that taking part in collaborative games can have a huge therapeutic benefit -helping to build confidence, social skills, and overcome isolation.

As Roleplaying Game Master you will be responsible for one of our gaming groups, using a roleplaying game called Critical Core to provide a fun and challenging setting where players can roleplay a variety of social situations and build their confidence along the way. Critical Core has been designed specifically for young people with autism and provides a safe sandbox for developing social confidence and communication skills with dignity and autonomy while validating communication styles and building self esteem.

This group will be run from our Hub in Witney, Oxfordshire. We are looking for someone who is able to give a couple of hours a week during the evening to run the group.

What to expect

We expect the campaign to take around 8-12 weeks in total, with the option to run the campaign again with a different group once this period is over.

As part of the Better Connected team you will receive training and support with any aspects of the role you are unsure about.

No personal care is involved and any out of pocket expenses will be reinbursed.

This role is ideal for you if:

  • You are passionate about roleplaying games
  • You like working with young adults (16-25)

Volunteer requirements

  • Personal experience of autism or experience working with people with autism
  • Previous experience running a DnD campaign or similar is highly desirable but not required