Activity Drop-In Volunteer

Description of the Volunteer Role: Volunteer Role: Support at drop-in centre

Purpose: To support adults with a learning disability, and/or autism, in a social situation to increase confidence and self-esteem, build independence and reduce social isolation.

Activities: We provide a range of activities which people can either choose to be involved in or simply to attend and socialise with friends. Volunteers and staff are there to provide support where needed.

Examples of activities:
• To support individuals to access activities
• To help facilitate arts, craft, quizzes, bingo and other games and activities
• To encourage independence and social skills amongst members
• To assist in the provision of refreshments

Skills Required: Skills in listening and the ability to communicate well with diverse types of people are essential. Ability to be patient, enthusiastic and have a non-judgemental attitude. Experience of learning disability/autism not essential

Hours and Timescale: One session at the drop-in either weekly or fortnightly, ideally for a minimum of six months. Flexible volunteering can be offered; however, it is essential that volunteers attend sessions that they are scheduled for to ensure the smooth and safe running of the drop-in.

Supervision: Volunteers will be supported by the Session Leader who will also provide informal supervision on a regular basis. The Volunteer Co-ordinator can always be contacted for any issues.

Benefits: Volunteers will receive initial induction and awareness training in learning disability and/or autism as well as ongoing training. Full liability insurance is in place. Mileage and other out of pocket expenses can be claimed. A work record will be kept for each volunteer so that we are able to provide references if requested. Social events, such as skittles, are held for volunteers.

If you are interested in learning more about this role or would like to request an application, please email our volunteer coordinator at

Closing Date: 31/03/2020

Organisation Name: The Hive Avon Ltd.

Contact information: Erin Brown, Volunteer Coordinator
The Hive Avon Ltd.
0117 9614372