Long term EVS project 12 months
Worthing, United Kingdom
Start of project: April/May 2017
Apply until: 31st July 2016
About the organization:
Hosting Organisation Disability is a disability charity that has been operating for 60 years, born out of the life experience and inspiring vision of one man: Leonard VC. We employ thousands of people and have thousands of volunteers in the UK who work out of nearly 200 services, and we have five international offices serving over 50 countries around the world.
What we do:
• We operate social care services providing support for disabled people in their own home, in facilities we own and run, and in the community.
• We use our skills and knowledge to develop and pilot new, innovative, support services for disabled people with help from corporate, private and charity partners.
• We campaign to change society’s responses to disability.
Leonard campaigns to change the way that society thinks about and responds to, disability. We want people to think and act differently to make a positive difference to the lives of disabled people
Who are we looking for?
This call is opened for young people aged between 18 to 30 years from EU programme and partner countries. We are looking for people that have a genuine interest and passion for working with people with disabilities.
There are no professional skills and experience 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. We are looking for volunteers with different skills and abilities, such as music, sports, arts and crafts, gardening, etc to bring to our services and encourage them to share those skills and passions with our residents.
Description of Activities:
Our volunteers are placed in various services across the UK. They 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.
The overall aim of the project is to ensure that our activities programmes are diverse, simulating 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.
The volunteers will be supporting our activities teams in planning and delivering the activities programme. The volunteers will also be supporting residents and day care users on a one-to-one basis.
Examples of activities:
running arts and crafts group, playing board games and language games, music groups, organizing theme evenings, intercultural activities, etc.
organizing and supporting fundraising events
escorting residents in the community, going to the local college, cinema, performance at theatre, local library, etc.
running small projects, depending on volunteer’s skills and interest and current needs of the service (previous volunteers were involved in sensory garden project, healthy lifestyle, music, movie evenings or organization of other workshops)
Residents and service users have a wide range of disabilities. This means that it will vary what the individual resident or service user can or cannot do. Residents and service users are very welcoming towards overseas volunteers, and they will do their best to make sure volunteers feel at home in no time.
Travel: Covered travel to and from the service, maximum amount depends on distance to the service from your departure place.
Working hours, holidays
Volunteers are required to volunteer for 35 hours per week. These hours will be spread over 5 days and may include weekends. A schedule will be prepared 4 weeks in advance so that you can plan your time off. Volunteers are entitled to 2 days off per month volunteered + bank holidays. During the project accommodation, food, pocket money, online language course will be provided.
Fethneys provide accommodation for EVS volunteers in a bungalow that is separate from the main service but within walking distance. Volunteers will each have their own bedroom and share kitchen, bathroom and communal areas with other volunteers.
Participants to the project would have their own room within Bradbury House; this is allocated on the second floor of the building, separate from the working environment.
The participant’s rooms include bed/sofa, wardrobe, drawers and a sink. Kettle and tea and coffee facilities are also available within the rooms.
There is a shared bathroom with bath and shower and separate toilets all are allocated near bedrooms on the seconded floor. The second floor also has a shared communal area that has facility’s to make hot drinks and food. It has a microwave, fridge and toaster in the small kitchen area. All meals are provided through the project even on participants rest days.
Training and Induction
Training courses that will be offered to EVS volunteers to make sure that are able to provide residents and service users with high quality support.
As part of the EVS programme, volunteers take also part in the national On Arrival Training and Mid Term Training, organized by British National Agency for EVS volunteers on placements in the UK.
International EVS insurance plan is provided
Leonard Cheshire Disability – Fethneys, Worthing, West Sussex (2 volunteers)
Leonard Cheshire Disability – Bradbury House, Crook, Durham (2 volunteers)
How to apply
Building Bridges members and/or long term unemployed (proved by scanned document) will have preference to this volunteer service.
We will study carefully all application and selected candidates will be invite for Skype interview. The selection of volunteers will take place in the coming weeks.
For the selection of the volunteers we will need CV and motivation letter in English:
All documents written in English you can attach below with subject: “EVS UK Stepien. YOUR NAME. YOUR SURNAME” to asociacionbbARROBAgmail.com