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    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 – vBuddies - 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 vBuddy 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 and can range from going bowling or for a meal, helping them learn how to travel on public transport, having a night in watching a move or painting nails or going shopping. Activities are planned at Circle meetings held every 4-6 weeks with activities held weekly or fortnightly. InterAct staff attend Circle meetings and provide support and guidance.

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

    Opportunities this role will give you

    • A chance to develop new skills and knowledge and make new friends

    • A chance to take on a new challenge and improve a young person’s quality of life

    • Add value to your CV - we can provide references and testimonials to future employers if required

    • Being a valued member of our team

    Days and times

    Activities are planned at Circle Meetings and as a group you will arrange dates and times for activities which are convenient for everyone. These tend to run after school, during evenings, weekends and school holidays.

    Main Tasks

    • To encourage and support the young person to develop skills and reach ambitions
    • To be reliable and committed
    • Planning leisure and social activities with your Circle at Circle Club Meetings

    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 safeguarding and learning disability training and ongoing support from InterAct for this role.

    Expenses

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

    If interested please contact Susie Nankivell, Volunteer Development Co-ordinator susie.nankivell@interact.org.uk 01245 608333 to request an application form.


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