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Activity Support Volunteer

Activity Support Volunteer
Vision Support Harrogate District
Description of the role:

You will be supporting one of our activities in our Centre, giving opportunities for visually impaired people to develop and utilize their craft skills, socialize and enjoy themselves. You will assist them in their chosen activity whilst not taking over, chatting and getting to know them and be a friendly presence that will draw people into activity at our Centre. You will be happy to help setting up and tidying away sessions as well as making tea and coffee.

We run sessions for: pottery, card craft, seat caning, basket weaving, knitting and coffee mornings.

The role will require a DBS Check. We are flexible over the time expectation, but would prefer 2 hours every other week, or more if the volunteer wanted. This opportunity is open to volunteers on a long term commitment and we would encourage people over the age of 18 to apply. We would also welcome application from the visually impaired and would adjust the nature of the volunteering depending on the nature of their impairment. Our Centre is also accessible for wheelchair users.

We are looking for 2 hours, every other week, either in the morning (10:00 to 12:00) or afternoon (13:00 to 15:00).

Skills and qualities needed for the role:

No special skills or particular aptitude for craft work is required.

You will be outgoing and have a friendly demeanour. Your interest in other people will be obvious. You will be happy to assist with basic tasks and be able to liaise with people of any age, including people with other disabilities as well as a visual impairment.


Additional Information
DBS check needed: Yes
Driving licence needed: No
Car owner: No
Open to: Ages 18+
The Visual Impairment Centre
23 East Parade
North Yorkshire
Last updated: 16.04.2018
Organisation Information

The Centre is an independent, local charity that supports visually impaired people in Harrogate and the surrounding district. We seek to enable visually impaired adults from the age of 18 and above to live independently and provide opportunities to meet and interact with others. We offer Information technology training; provide advice on help that is available; information on visual impairments and have talking clocks. watches and other equipment to view and order if required
We run various craft and other groups (See the daily schedule) on a regular basis There are also opportunities to socialise, including meals out and excursions. In addition to activities in the Centre, we make home visits and run a telephone befriending service to help tackle social isolation.
Open Tuesday - Friday 9.30am - 4pm

Charity number: 211436