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project description

We are looking for 4 volunteers to support residents and day care users on a one-to-one basis across 9 services in Edinburgh and get actively involved in planning and delivering activities programme, ensuring it's diverse, stimulating and in line with our organisational goal of providing people with disability the opportunity to live their lives the way they choose - with the support to live independently. Activities include arts and crafts, music, sports, theme evenings, organising fundraising events, running small projects, escorting residents in community, for example to the college. Volunteers will be also involved in spreading disability awareness and promoting volunteering.
Leonard Cheshire Disability is the UK’s leading charity supporting people with disability. We work for a society in which every person is equally valued. We support over 21,000 people in the UK across over 200 services across the UK.


accommodation, food and transport arrangements

The accommodation is split across 2 services, flats are located above the services and each flat is shared between 2 volunteers. Each volunteer has separate bedroom. Kitchen, bathroom is shared. Volunteers will be receiving food allowance each week and they will cook themselves. They will be also given a monthly transportation card to be able to travel between services.


training during the project

Thorough training on working with vulnerable adults is provided to all our volunteers and Leonard Cheshire Disability staff help volunteers during the induction process to understand each individual. Risk assessments ensure that volunteers are not asked to contribute outside of their capability or boundaries.
Volunteers will be given access to the EVS online language training tools. Time is set aside for volunteers to carry out their online language studies as well as practising English every day in work and social contexts.


volunteer profile

All people aged 18-30,who have a genuine interest and passion for working with people with disabilities.
No professional skills and experience is required, however it is recommended that volunteers have an experience in similar sector or providing support in personal life in order to have a realistic idea of working with people with disabilities. As we work with vulnerable adults, the volunteers should be kind, patient and compassionate. hobbies and skills that they are willing to share with the residents, such as art, music, cooking, drama,sports that can complement therapeutic activities.


how to apply

Please send your CV, motivation letter explaining your experience with people with disabilities, your Sending Organisation details to until 28th February 2017. Selected candidates will be invited for Skype interview.


additional information

Our volunteers are placed in various services across the UK, at the same time there are up to 20 EVS volunteers around the country.
Volunteers are actively involved in shaping their EVS experiences and we encourage volunteers to bring their own ideas, skills and passions to share with residents throughout their placements.


Participants with fewer opportunities

  • This organisation has additional mentoring or other support suitable for young people with social obstacles, educational difficulties, cultural differences or similar.

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