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Would you like to gain experience volunteering with young adults with learning disabilities?

This projects aim is to bring together students from Sheffield Hallam University and young adults with learning disabilities to reduce isolation and learn from each other. Volunteers and participants will have the chance to create sessions at The HUBs covering a variety of topics such as:

- Cooking

- Environmental / gardening

- Arts and crafts

This volunteering role will involve:

  • Creating the session plans that would suit different people with a variety of needs.

  • Be available to set up for the events before the session starts.

  • Bringing lots of energy and encouragement to the sessions to ensure that they young people really enjoy themselves.

Although it may be a small commitment for you, the level of appreciation that the young adults will get is amazing.  A lot of young adults with disabilities find it hard to integrate themselves into the community which is why this project has been set up – you will get so much more from it than you think!

Dates and times: Planning meetings will take place during the day (time and days will be agreed by the volunteers) and the session will take place during the early evening, around 4-6pm. (Subject to change depending on availability).Sessions and planning meetings will be arranged around when volunteers are available. There is no pressure to attend every session, however some commitment is required to ensure the programme works successfully.

Benefits for volunteers: You will meet a new group of new people, some of whom you may never have had the chance to interact with before. This will be such a valuable experience and you will feel so good after seeing the amount of value the young adults get from the sessions. A good opportunity to help the local community and understand the lives of young adults with disabilities. You’ll be helping to allow these people to get involved with social activities. It will develop your leadership, teamwork, communication and creativity skills with the opportunity to enhance your CV and work place skills. A great chance to give something back to Sheffield and do something different. 

Skills and experience required: No experience required for the role – just lots of enthusiasm and a willingness to commit to the sessions.
Expenses: Travel expenses will be reimbursed.

To find out more information about this role and similar opportunities, book an informal chat appointment with a member of the Volunteering team.


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