We need Volunteers:
• Can you spare a few hours a month to support and offer friendship to people with learning disabilities?
• Full support, training and flexibility is given, allowing you to commit the hours you choose.
• We cover the whole of Gloucestershire and pay your expenses
Building Circles works to transform lives of people with learning disabilities, encouraging friendships and providing a social platform so that those who are isolated or lonely benefit as much as everyone else. We believe everybody deserves the opportunity to have and make friends.
Our primary focus as a charity is to offer friendship and support to people across Gloucestershire with learning disabilities who are socially isolated and lonely. We do this with the amazing help from our team of volunteers who give a few hours of their time a month to offer friendship to people with learning disabilities, who are often lonely or isolated. This may involve simply visiting to have a cup of tea, going for a walk, going shopping, or popping to the pub for a drink and a game of pool - all the normal things in life that friends do together.
In addition we also offer a wide range of activities and events throughout the year - which usually include: Boat trips, Summer Fun Day, Barn Dance, Disco, Skittles and our Xmas Party, which has become very popular.
What are they looking for?
Someone who is caring, and has understanding & patience with disability. Can be committed to a long term commitment. Also who likes to help people, and give them something to smile about, can build a circle of friendship with.
When: Variable times
Age requirements: Over 18
About Building Circles in Gloucestershire
We Know that people with learning difficulties can sometimes miss out on many of the things that make life worthwhile. Problems with health, mobility or difficulties in communication can lead to social isolation both for the person with learning difficulties and the people caring for them. Building Circles recruits, trains and supports volunteers who offer friendships to socially isolated people with learning disabilities, as well as their families and carers. With a circle of supportive people built around them, we can offer someone with learning difficulties the opportunity to experience a more fulfilling life.
Volunteers typically spend two to four hours a month building a freindship with a person and enjoying activities together. Going for a drink, enjoying a short walk or spending time on more adventurous activities for those who are keen to broaden their horizons. Building Circles also organises a variety of social events to appeal to different tastes. This includes quarterly events for everyone involved with the organisation. We invite all to come aand share lunch and join in with the activities and music if they wish.
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