Project dates: A total of 52 week(s) during the period 01/01/2020 to 28/02/2021
Application deadline: The 10th November
At Leonard Cheshire, we value the role our Overseas Volunteers have in our services throughout the United Kingdom. Due to the length of the placements for overseas volunteers (12 months) volunteers have the opportunity to acquire a range of skills, improve their English, enjoy the best of British culture and life, and develop fulfilling working relationships with our residents, staff and local volunteers which often develop into long-term friendships. Overseas volunteers help support our staff teams in providing an active, involving and stimulating environment for our residents. Through our overseas volunteers, disabled people in our care homes are able to access their local community services and social opportunities more easily and regularly, thus improving their independence and quality of life. This means that in their roles overseas volunteers are engaging in a wide range of activities both inside and outside the home.
ACCOMMODATION, FOOD AND TRANSPORT ARRANGEMENTS
Dolywern Cheshire Home is in the heart of the rural Llangollen Valleys, with beautiful scenic areas. Dolywern is situated less than 7 miles away from the town of Chirk, with local shops, restaurants, pubs, a library, and a swimming pool. They have localAccommodation for volunteers is on the 1st floor of the home. The flat has two bedrooms with two beds in each. Both have en suite facilities - one bedroom has a bathroom with bath, the other a bathroom with shower. The flat also has a lounge/dining room, with a small kitchen leading off this. All meals will be provided by the kitchen.
TRAINING DURING THE PROJECT
Thorough training on working with vulnerable adults is provided to all our volunteers, and Leonard Cheshire staff helps volunteers during the induction process to understand each individual. Risk assessments ensure that volunteers are not asked to contribute outside of their capability or boundaries. Volunteers acquire a range of knowledge, skills and experience including a greater understanding of the issues affecting disabled people. They gain improved interpersonal skills and the ability to interact with a wide range of people. There will also be an opportunity to learn about the charity.
We are looking for enthusiastic volunteers aged 18 - 30, who have a genuine interest, a good sense of humour, and passion for working with people with disabilities. No professional skills and experience is required, however it is recommended. It is a requirement that the volunteers can carry a conversation in English and understand basic instructions. Our residents ensure their home has a lively and friendly atmosphere. At their request, we offer a wide range of activities, including bingo, arts and crafts, trips to the cinema, board games and eating out.
How to apply
In order to check it you can apply for this project, you must first Sing In or Join the Corps.