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Get hands-on supporting arts and crafts in our community whilst helping to reduce social isolation

Arts / Entertainment volunteers needed for Creative Support

In Reading, Creative Support works with older adults providing activities and services within extra care schemes. We currently run art and craft activities at three locations; Oak Tree House (RG30 4DZ), Cornerstones (RG30 4XR) and Chimney Court (RG30 4EN), that encourage isolated individuals to take part in fun, social activities.

We are looking for several volunteers to support the existing group leaders and staff. It would give you the opportunity for hands-on experience in the community, and make a big difference to the daily lives of our service users. A large focus of our activities is the socialising aspect, so we would be looking for volunteers who are interested in getting to know the residents and share a cup of tea during the session!

Volunteers would work closely with their named supervisor to support the activity and we are also interested in promoting the creativity and independence of volunteers. The sessions run weekly and we would be interested to hear from volunteers who could support this on a regular basis. It is important to note that no particular artistic ability is needed, just creativity!

This would be a rewarding opportunity to give back to the community and to gain experience in delivering social, creative activities. You would be making an impact on the community by supporting activities that reduce isolation and increase wellbeing for older adults.

Contact person firstname
Georgina Da Silva, Development Officer
Contact person's position
07794 083862

Location description
RG30 area, three locations available.
Wheelchair accessible?
Car parking for the volunteer?
Secure bicycle parking?
Near public transport?
How much time?
A few hours a week
What times and days of the week?
Mon PMThu AMThu PM
Availability required
Any of these times
Task type?
Arts / Entertainment
Will suit someone like this:
Prefers a specific rolePrefers a regular scheduleGood sense of humourSociablePatientSupportiveCreative
Post suitable for supported volunteering?
Is training given?
Training description
We have a full training rota accessible to staff and volunteers. Full induction will be given. We have been accredited with the Investors in Volunteers award.
Is support given?
Description of support
Regular contact with staff and scheduled supervision sessions.
Are expenses paid?
Description of expenses
Reasonable travel expenses reimbursed.
Will I need my own transportation?
Will the volunteer be CRB or DBS checked?
Are references required?
Will there be an interview?
Are they properly insured?
Minimum age
Do they need a specific gender?
How many volunteers needed?
Opportunity added on
23 May 2018

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