Volunteering

Supporting people with learning
disabilities to lead fulfilled lives
Volunteering at The Emily Jordan Foundation

Volunteers make a huge contribution to the wellbeing of our trainees. There are many opportunities to volunteer and we are always looking for more volunteers.

Volunteering helps others.  It is highly rewarding and can help develop new skills and confidence. You will meet new people, make new friends and it can help improve your health and wellbeing.

Volunteering can suit your lifestyle from one half-day session a month to multiple sessions a week. 

How do I become a volunteer?

This page has useful information to help you. You can also contact us to find out more about getting involved. 

 

Andrew co-ordinates our volunteers and you can contact him by phone/text on 07957 140905 or by email at: andrew.allan@theemilyjordanfoundation.org.uk

 

He can arrange for you visit, look around and maybe have a taster day.

 

Before you join us as a volunteer you will be asked to complete a short application form, have an informal interview, provide referees for us to contact and complete a DBS check.

 

New volunteers are given an induction programme and training to carry out their roles.

You could also consider having some fun fundraising for us instead if you can't find a volunteering opportunity that suits the time you have available. 

Benefits of Volunteering

Volunteering with us is a great way to meet people and to make a positive difference to trainees’ lives. There are lots of other benefits including:

  • gaining new skills or developing your existing ones.

  • the chance to try out something new.

  • doing things that are useful and rewarding.

  • sense of achievement having done things that are worthwhile.

  • giving to others in the local community.

  • boosting your confidence and self-esteem.

  • meeting others and building new friendships.

  • sharing experiences with your partner or friend by volunteering together.

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Who can volunteer?

Anyone can volunteer. We value diversity and encourage volunteers from all sections of the community. 

All you need is the ability to:

  • Communicate and relate well with others.

  • Work in a non-discriminatory way.

  • Maintain confidentiality in line with the Emily Jordan Foundation’s policies and procedures.

Driving is age restricted to those over 25.

Volunteer Roles available

As a volunteer, you may be supervising, assisting or carrying out tasks that include:

  • Shop counter sales

  • Horticulture - Growing plants and flower bed maintenance in the Senses garden and Butterfly garden

  • Craft, pottery, art and painting

  • Driving, for example to collect donations and deliver purchases

  • Woodwork to create garden furniture and bespoke items

  • Bike renovations and repairs

  • Re-cycling

  • Ground Maintenance projects, for example, on commercial estates and open spaces

  • Fundraising, promotions and photography

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Quotes

As a volunteer, you can make a big difference to our trainees.  Here are some of the things said by the people we support…..

L said as he left to work in a pub:  “I’ve gained so much self-confidence, I really feel better off.”

Reaching out Project

The Reaching Out Project was a successful 3-year project partly funded by the National Lottery Community Fund.  The aim was to support people with learning disabilities to move closer to work by becoming Supported Volunteers.

 

The people targeted were those who did not meet Worcestershire County Council’s access criteria for paid services but who might benefit from what the Emily Jordan Foundation has to offer. 

 

How it was delivered?

A second group, Lead Volunteers were enrolled to be role models teaching work-based practical skills in bike refurbishment, horticulture and woodworking.  The project was in partnership with a range of agencies that assisted with new referrals including the Dept of Work and Pensions, Worcestershire County Council Community Learning Disability Team, NHS Re-enablement Team, Vestia, and Wyre Forest District Council.

 

Successes

  • 45 Supported Volunteers came though the project, improving their work readiness, increasing their confidence, creating a greater sense of wellbeing and less social isolation.  Of those 45:

    • 9 got paid work

    • 6 took up Lead Volunteer positions, helping others

    • 4 joined the Foundation’s main group of Trainees

  • 45 new Lead Volunteers were enrolled.

  • 6 major local businesses, IGS, Lloyds Bank, Zurich Insurance, Lens on Line, Monosol and Interserve as well as local schools through the National Citizens Service scheme gave at least one day a year of their time to work in our projects.  144 people from these organisations contributed to the project’s overall success.

 

Legacies of the Project

  • The project showed that people with learning disabilities can work if they are given time and support to learn skills and workplace rules.

  • Although the project was not designed to actually secure work, it was very positive that 9 people secured paid employment.

  • 30 Lead Volunteers recruited during the project have stayed to work in the Foundation.

  • A model of “recruit, train, develop and retain” was developed during the project and continues to attract new volunteers.

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Kidderminster

DY11 7FB

01562 861154

enjoy@theemilyjordanfoundation.org.uk

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