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Newtownabbey, Antrim and Newtownabbey (On-site) 6.12 miles
Unpaid role, expenses not paid
Voluntary
Job description

How you can make a difference 

Sense has been supporting people who are deafblind and have complex disabilities in Northern Ireland for 30 years. At our accessible centre in Mallusk, we offer services for adults with complex disabilities. Our Friday Club is for adults aged approximately 45 to 75+ and takes place every week between 11am and 1:30pm.

Friday Club started as covid ended. Lots of our older people had attended clubs before the pandemic, and they were so successful we knew we needed to run something similar again. We saw a need for a safe space to combat loneliness and isolation after lockdown. Friday Club is a welcoming place for people to meet, socialise, make new friends, and learn new skills, but most of all relax and have fun in a safe space.

We are looking for volunteers to join our team to help set up the session, support us and then clear up too. You’ll be helping with activities and crafts, including painting, weaving, and dancing. We also like to go out and about, as our group are really enjoy shopping, going out for meals and visiting places like the Titanic Centre. Our aim is to develop and maintain social networks, and above all, have a lot of fun!

Many people with additional needs feel lonely and, by giving a small amount of your time, you can make a big difference. You do not need to have any previous experience working with people with disabilities as we will provide you with training and ongoing support, to equip you for your role. One of our trained team will be always with you.

What your role will involve

  • Helping to set up the day’s session (art, craft etc), or prepare for our trips.
  • Welcoming the people that we support and helping them get settled.
  • Helping with refreshments: tea and coffee, making and serving lunch (sandwiches, tea, coffee, cake).
  • Assisting and joining in in with the day’s task and fun activities.
  • Helping with tidying up and clearing away.

A standard / enhanced Disclosure & Barring check will be required for this volunteer role, which will support you with if you don’t already have one. 

Will the role suit me? Yes, if you are:

  • Friendly and chatty.
  • A good listener and communicator. 
  • Able to work well in a team.
  • Happy to be flexible about the role you play during the day depending on what’s needed by individuals and activities.
  • Respectful of others and their diversity.
  • Interested in supporting the work of Sense and want to make a difference to people who have complex disabilities and are deafblind. 

What can Sense offer me as a volunteer?

  • We’ll give you all the information you need to know for your role, as well as ongoing on-site support and guidance from our experienced staff team.
  • The chance to get to know new people, try new activities in your local community and to have lots of fun taking part together.
  • You’ll know you have made a positive difference to people living with complex disabilities within your local community.
  • A reference at the end of your commitment.
  • Joining a community of wonderful volunteers who share your passion for supporting important causes.
  • A chance to have some fun and get involved with new activities.
  • We have free parking available on-site

About us

For everyone living with complex disabilities. For everyone who is deafblind. Sense is here to offer personalised support to help people communicate and experience the world. We believe that no one, no matter how complex their disabilities, should be isolated, left out, or unable to fulfil their potential. Our experts offer support that’s tailored to the individual needs of each person, whether that’s at our centres, through our holidays and short breaks, or in people’s own homes. In addition to practical support, we also provide information to families, and campaign for the rights of people with complex disabilities to take part in life. 

Volunteers add real value to Sense, bringing their passion, enthusiasm, and fresh perspectives to the work that we do. We believe that volunteers enable us to bring people together and provide opportunities for people with complex disabilities to communicate and experience the world. 

Sense values

We include. We collaborate. We find a way. We challenge. We celebrate. 

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Refreshed on: 22 February 2024
Closing date: 07 April 2024 at 23:59
Job ref: 231661CHJ
Tags: Operations