Inclusion and Disability Sports Volunteer

To enable people with moderate to complex learning disabilities to engage and enjoy the sport session
Duration: Ongoing
When can volunteers volunteer? Weekly

This grid shows when you can volunteer for this organisation. E.G Monday morning.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Tasks the volunteer will be required to do:

The need for high level support means that we would really benefit from support from volunteers in helping these individuals engage with and enjoy the session. This may include things like passing them a beanbag or ball to throw, retrieving balls or beanbags, standing a meter or so away to very gently throw a sponge ball to land on a racket that the carer is helping the individual to hold, or providing prompts and reminders on the activity (example “Anne, see if you can drop the beanbag onto the giraffe picture”) for those who struggle to understand. We rotate weekly between sports, so one week we might play Boccia (but with sponge balls and beanbags as well as Boccia balls), another week we might play rounders using a short tennis racket as a bat, and a sponge ball, and another week we might do football with a giant inflatable stability ball. The volunteer would need a reasonable physical health to be able to pick balls up from the floor and join in with the games.

Skill and Qualifications Required:

To be inclusive to all service users to enable interaction within the session. Communication skills. To provide support to the carer and service user to enjoy and participate in the activities

Areas of Interest: Children, Disability, Health and wellbeing, Social Welfare, Sport, Young people
Opportunity suitable for: Employee Volunteers, Indoor, Long term commitment, Older people, People seeking work, University students, With friends, 18 and over
What activities will the volunteer do? Campaigning, Coaching, Escorting, Lending a helping hand, Support Work
Skills gained in this role: Listening, Managing people, Organising, Talking to others, Teamwork
Home based opportunity? No
DBS Check Required: No
Opportunity Accessibility: Clearly marked accessible parking spaces, Step free access clearly signposted into the building, Automatic opening doors, Accessible toilets

About the host organisation

Hosted by: Your Trust
Organisation Profile: Touchstones Rochdale is the award-winning arts and heritage centre in Rochdale, Lancashire. Part of Link4Life's Arts & Heritage Service. From February - end of June 2020 we welcome a visit to the town from Dippy, the famous cast of a Diplodocus from the Natural History Museum. Dippy will be on display at Number One Riverside with an accompanying exhibition at Touchstones Rochdale.
Charity number: 1118610