Social Buddy Volunteer

Job details
Location: 
All over London
Salary: 
Unpaid – Share will reimburse reasonable travel costs between TFL zones 1-6, and your trips are free
Contract type: 
Voluntary
Working hours: 
We’re hoping to find volunteers who can give a commitment of 4-6 hours a month - the equivalent of one trip out.
Contact email address: 
volunteering@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!

About Share

Share is a registered charity and a centre for training and wellbeing. We provide a range of programmes helping adults with learning disabilities, autism and other support needs become more happy, healthy and independent. Our vision is a world where disabled people are fully included in society, living the life they choose, and we need talented people like you to help us make that happen.

About the role

The Go Anywhere, Do Anything project is looking for new volunteers to join our existing team of social buddies. Whether you are interested in joining our monthly programme of evening and weekend activities, organising your own trip out with a student, or supporting buddying friends to go out and socialise, we would love to hear from you! 

We run monthly evening and weekend group trips and smaller friendship trips through our ‘I Chose my Friend’ scheme, we also support volunteers to organise their own trips out with members through our ‘Buddyship’ scheme. 

We run all sorts of trips, led by our students’ choices: 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. 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.

About the role

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. If you’re organising a trip with a student, you may liaise with parents & careers, book tickets, or pick up a student from their home. You’ll be helping our members to reach the goal they’ve set themselves, such as using money or using their mobile phone.

Commitment

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’re hoping to find volunteers who can give a commitment of 4-6 hours a month. 

To read more about the project, click here.

Who we’re looking for

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.'

Why choose Share Community?

We previously received a Best Practice in Volunteering Award from Lifetimes, an organisation that supports voluntary and community activity in Wandsworth. They were particularly impressed by the support, training, recognition and reward that we give to our volunteers and that we recruited people with additional support needs and those from marginalised backgrounds. 

In return for you giving up your time for us, you can expect:

  • A warm welcome into our organisation from our dedicated volunteering team.
  • A full-day training for all new volunteers to give you confidence in your role.
  • Ongoing support, and ‘top-up’ training from staff including topics like: Mental Health First Aid, Safeguarding, and Makaton.
  • An opportunity to develop new skills and add to your CV.
  • A reference for your time with us.
  • Reimbursement of travel expenses within TFL zone 1 – 6.
  • £5 towards lunch, or a free lunch in our onsite canteen at our Clapham Junction site (if volunteering for more than four hours a day).
  • Invitations to all our events such as: our garden parties, away days, Christmas parties and our student awards ceremony.
  • The opportunity to have your say in our annual volunteer survey.
  • A genuine opportunity to make a difference and become part of a community.

To apply

Complete our online application form.

All Volunteers are required to provide professional references and undergo an Enhanced DBS check.

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 volunteering@sharecommunity.org.uk or telephone 020 7924 2949.