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Help others explore new experiences in this fantastic, rewarding and varied role

Befriending / Visiting volunteer needed for Creative Support

Our autism specific service at Creative Support Reading is looking for volunteers to assist service users on outings and activities in the community. The majority of our service users at this service are fairly independent, however they would benefit from the support of a befriender to get the most out of their trips in the community and have a positive, less daunting experience when trying new things.

The activities and service user you will be accompanying will vary greatly, and although we will do our best to match volunteers with a service user who shares similar interests this may not always be possible. Examples of the types of activities you may accompany a service user to include visiting a leisure centre, supporting on a day trip to the seaside, or simply visiting local shops. This is a fantastic, rewarding and varied role which will allow a volunteer to take part in a range of activities and get to know a variety of service users.

Please note that volunteers will be required to complete a DBS check which can take up to 6 weeks to be processed.

Contact person firstname
Georgina Da Silva , Development Officer
Contact person's position
Their phone number?
Contact instructions?
Available 9-5 Mon-Fri by telephone

Location description
Service based in Reading - RG1. This role will require a volunteer to travel with service users on day trips.
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?
Sat AMSat PMSun AMSun PM
Availability required
Any of these times
Additional timing details
The role is available between 9.00 – 5.00 on either a Saturday or Sunday, and hours will vary depending on the activity the volunteer is accompanying the service user to.
Task type?
Befriending / Visiting
Will suit someone like this:
Enjoys variety and changeSelf organised/motivatedGood sense of humourSociablePatientSupportiveCommunicatorWants to get out and about
Post suitable for supported volunteering?
Not specified
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
25 January 2018

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