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  • Volunteer Administrator

    About the role

    As a volunteer Administrator, you will be supporting our Young People’s team with tasks such as filing, photocopying, data entry and other administrative duties.

    Main Tasks

    • Maintaining and archiving files and filing system
    • Photocopying, collating and distributing documents
    • Data entry into online database
    • Assisting with other administrative tasks

    Opportunities this will give you

    • Take responsibility for administrative tasks
    • Develop organisational skills in a supportive office environment
    • Being a valued member of the team
    • Volunteering flexibly around your other commitments

    Days and times

    • Flexible ‐ usually ½ day per week, mornings or afternoons, Tuesday to Thursday
    • Skills, Experience, Qualities Needed
    • Reliable and committed
    • Able to use a computer for basic tasks, such as word processing
    • Good communicator – able to listen and follow instructions
    • Well organised
    • Willing to learn new skills
    • Able to maintain strict confidentiality

    Expenses

    Any out-of-pocket travel and other relevant expenses reimbursed.

     **Additionally, if you would like to do any fundraising in the community on InterAct’s behalf please do get in touch, as we always welcome fresh ideas and approaches to raising awareness of the charity in the community.**

    Apply now here

    If you’d like more information, please email volunteering@interact.org.uk or call 01245 608 333


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    Circles of Support Mentors

    Young people supporting young people with learning disabilities/additional needs

    About Circles of Support

    Circles of Support pairs groups of Year 12/13 student volunteers with a young person with learning disabilities to form a circle of friends to help them access activities, develop friendships, experience new things, increase their independence and skills, and have fun – just like any other teenager.

    About the role

    As a volunteer you will join in a range of social activities with the young person you are supporting, together with other members of the Circle. Activities are planned to help the young person improve their independence and life skills. These can range from going bowling or for a meal, helping them learn how to travel on public transport, having a night in watching a movie or going shopping.

    InterAct is committed to safeguarding the welfare of young people, and all volunteers will be subject to clearance by the Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS).

    Opportunities this role will give you

    • A chance to develop new skills and knowledge regarding young people with learning disabilities/additional needs
    • Being a valued member of our team
    • Meeting new people
    • Adding value to your CV or UCAS application - We can provide references if required
    • A sense of achievement, knowing you are giving back to your community
    • Volunteering flexibly around your other commitments

    Days and times

    Activities are held on a weekly or fortnightly basis and are planned at Circle meetings, as a group, at times which are convenient for everyone; meetings are held every 4-6 weeks and attended by an InterAct staff member to provide support and guidance. Activities tend to run after school during term time, and sometimes during weekends and school holidays.

    Main Tasks

    To plan leisure and social activities with your Circle at Circle Meetings

    To take part in a range of leisure and social activities

    To encourage and support the young person to develop skills and reach ambitions

     

    Skills, Experience, Qualities Needed

    Reliability and commitment to the young person being supported

    Ability to relate and empathise with young people with learning disabilities

    Patient and caring nature

    Commitment to supporting the aims of InterAct

    A non-judgemental attitude

     

    Training and Support

    You will receive learning disability awareness and safeguarding training plus on‐going support from InterAct.

     

    Expenses

    Any out-of-pocket travel and other relevant expenses reimbursed.

    Apply now here

    If you’d like more information, please email volunteering@interact.org.uk or call 01245 608 333


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    Group Activities Volunteer

    As a volunteer for Group Activities you will work closely with InterAct staff and other volunteers to support young people with learning disabilities and additional needs. This could be in the form of a variety of community based activities, for example meals out, going to the cinema, trampolining or bowling. Your encouragement and support will enable members to develop important life skills, allowing them to become more confident and independent.

    Opportunities this role will give you

    • A chance to develop new skills and knowledge regarding young people with learning disabilities/additional needs
    • Being a valued member of our team
    • Meeting new people
    • Adding value to your CV or UCAS application - we can provide references if required
    • A sense of achievement, knowing you are giving back to your community
    • Volunteering flexibly around your other commitments

    Days and times

    Group activities take place one evening a week for approximately 2 hours.

    Group activities run during term time in Basildon, Braintree, Chelmsford, Colchester and Tendring. We also run a programme during school holidays. Please contact us for full details.

    Main Tasks

    • To encourage and support people to develop skills and reach ambitions
    • Assisting InterAct staff with activities

     

    Skills, Experience, Qualities Needed

    • Reliable, punctual and dependable
    • Patient and caring nature with good communication skills
    • Ability to relate and empathise with young people with learning disabilities
    • A non-judgemental attitude
    • Commitment to supporting the aims of InterAct
    • Adhere to InterAct’s Policies and Procedures

     

    Training and Support

    You will receive learning disability awareness and safeguarding training plus on‐going support from InterAct.

    Expenses

    Out‐of‐pocket travel expenses will be reimbursed.

    Apply now here

    If you’d like more information, please email volunteering@interact.org.uk or call 01245 608 333


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    Gardeners

    About the role

    As a volunteer gardener, you are interested in supporting the development of the garden and grounds of the Aspire Centre at Moulsham Mill. Tasks include pruning, weeding and planting, and general maintenance of the garden. In addition, the role may require mentoring and supporting other volunteers and vulnerable people when they come to the Aspire Centre to learn how to dig, weed, sow seeds, plant and grow to improve their life skills.

    Main Tasks

    • To work undertake gardening activities including pruning, weeding and planting when necessary
    • To ensure gardens and grounds are kept in good condition
    • To help with planning and development of garden and grounds, where appropriate
    • To work within the guidelines of Health and Safety in the work place

    Opportunities this will give you

    • Opportunity to meet new people
    • Being a valued member of the team
    • A sense of achievement, knowing you are giving back to your community
    • Volunteering flexibly around your other commitments

    Days and times

    Flexible ‐ currently the volunteer gardening group meets on a Thursday between 10am and 1pm.

    Skills, Experience, Qualities Needed

    • An experienced and confident gardener
    • Reliable, punctual and dependable
    • Patient and caring nature with good communication skills
    • Commitment to supporting the aims of InterAct
    • Equal opportunities and health & safety
    • Ability to relate and empathise with young people with learning disabilities

    Training and Support

    You will receive learning disability awareness and safeguarding training plus on‐going support from InterAct.

    Expenses

    Any out-of-pocket travel and other relevant expenses reimbursed.

    Apply now here

    If you’d like more information, please email volunteering@interact.org.uk or call 01245 608 333


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