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.
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.
Any out-of-pocket travel and other relevant expenses reimbursed.
If you’d like more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01245 608 333
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