Social Buddy Volunteer

Job details
Location: 
All over London
Closing date: 
Saturday, July 31, 2021 - 19:00
Start date: 
Monday, May 17, 2021
Salary: 
– Share will reimburse reasonable travel costs and provide lunch
Contract type: 
Voluntary
Working hours: 
We are looking for a commitment of 4-6 hours a month.
Contact email address: 
hradmin@sharecommunity.org.uk
Contact telephone number: 
020 7924 2949

Do you want to do something great for your community, whilst having a really fun time? We are looking for volunteers to support adults with learning disabilities to go anywhere, and do anything!

What you can expect

The Go Anywhere, Do Anything project is looking for new volunteers to join our existing team of social buddies. We are looking to open back up after lockdown and will be planning regular online and in-person trips. Whether you are interested in building a relationship with someone one-to-one, or joining our monthly programme of evening and weekend activities, we would love to hear from you! 

Over the last year we’ve run online 'trips' to Harry Potter World, organised virtual parties, hosted movie nights and celebrated events like St. Patrick's Day.  Before lockdown we did all sorts in person - a day trip to Paris, an overnight camping trip, climbing over the O2, white water rafting, clubbing, going to the theatre, visiting the seaside and much more. As lockdown lifts, you’ll  sign up to one-to-one or group trips both in person or online where you will ‘buddy up’ with a member and have fun together! We are also looking for volunteers who would like to run their own trips either in person or online with our members and we are looking for a commitment of 4-6 hours a month. 

To read more about the project, click here.

The volunteer role

Signing up means you’ll get to meet a wide variety of people, both members and volunteers. You’ll work as a small team to make sure that each trip goes well and everyone has fun. Your role may involve supporting our members to navigate the tube system, helping someone to buy a drink at the bar, or interacting with our members online. You may find that you are making sure that people get home safely, or that you are helping them to choose where they want to go for lunch. You’ll be helping our members to reach the goal they’ve set themselves, such as using money or using their mobile phone.

You will receive a comprehensive induction and training programme, on-going support, an opportunity to develop your skills,  and most of all a genuine opportunity to make a difference to people at risk of social isolation. The cost of your activities will be covered, and your travel will be reimbursed.

Our ideal volunteer is someone who is sociable, outgoing, and friendly, with a real sense of fun.  You’ll need to be open minded and positive about diversity, whilst being reliable, pro-active and organised.  You should enjoy meeting new people, and exploring different places around London. You’ll need to be committed to building empowering relationships with people with learning disabilities. No previous experience necessary.

To read more about what it is like to be a social buddy, check out Holly's story.

What do our current social buddies say?

'It was a real pleasure to spend the day with such nice people, in such a lovely place.'

'This whole project can be so empowering and potentially life changing.'

'I’ve found that I come home feeling really happy with a renewed appreciation for life.'

'I hope this project will continue to encourage new friendships and support networks.'

To apply

Complete our online application form.

If you'd like to have a chat about the role, if you have any questions or if you would like any help with the application, please contact us via email hradmin@sharecommunity.org.uk or telephone 020 7924 2949.