Help disabled adults and children develop independence by volunteering with Livability

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Livability

Livability gives disabled and disadvantaged people real choice about how they live their lives.

They run a wide and diverse range of services for disabled adults and children, helping them to reach their full potential and develop their independence. They have a number of different volunteer opportunities that are based in Hemel Hempstead and St Albans.

The role of Activity Volunteer involves volunteers coming in to the residential home to organise and engage in activities with service users to complement the care that is offered either in house or in the community.

The volunteer would arrange activities and events for service users using their own initiative. These could be based on your own hobbies or interests, or could be suggested by the service users

themselves.

The role requires preparing equipment and materials in advance of the activity taking place, developing new activity ideas alongside staff members and service users, supervising and assisting service users during the activity, and, where required, offering some one to one support.

The volunteer will also ensure that everyone is safe and that adequate instruction is provided, taking into account people’s communication requirements.

The role of Resident Community Support Volunteer involves accompanying the residents on visits out in the local community. They will discuss what the service user would like to do, such as going to the supermarket, going shopping, attending church services, going to the cinema and visiting family and friends.

The volunteer must ensure that the person is safe at all times during the outing and then report back to staff at the home the outcome of the visit. This includes positive aspects or any problems or incidents.

This role requires good people skills as interaction with the resident will often be on a one to one basis. You will also need to be friendly and approachable as you will need to build a rapport with the service user. It would be beneficial to be physically active as you will have to walk around with the resident and may be required to push a wheelchair.

There is also the opportunity to volunteer in the gardens of the residential home - mowing lawns, trimming hedges and planting new flowers. This role involves working with staff and residents to discover what kind of garden would be best for the residents. There will be opportunities to make suggestions and organise improvements.

For further information about any of these roles then please call in to the Volunteer Centre in Marlowes, Hemel Hempstead, HP1 1DT. Call 01442 214734.