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Learning Disabilities Volunteering

One Westminster is looking for people and community organisations to get involved with our Learning Disabilities Volunteering Scheme that helps people with a learning disability gain a volunteer role that will help build their confidence and gain new skills. If your organisation can help in this way, then we'll support you by offering full support to the would-be volunteers throughout the whole process of obtaining the placement and during the first few months of volunteering.  Typical roles include helping out in offices, charity shops, gardening, kitchens and running a market stall.

How it works in practice is simple. Our project co-ordinator initially works to match a suitable volunteer to the task you have in mind, and then a member of the team will accompany them to the placement for the first few months to offer support and assistance  until they have settled in.

We also offer workshops for people with learning disabilities on topics including IT skills and preparing for employment to help them prepare for volunteering.  

Helping a person with a learning disability in this way can make a tremendous difference to his or her life, taking them out of what is often an isolated existence and giving them the chance to develop social and work skills that will help them to progress towards paid employment.

Creating opportunities

A step on the way to employment

A step on the way to employment

Our recent successful workshop – part of a series that we are running on employability – attracted ten project members who spent an enjoyable half day identifying their skills with a view to using them in volunteering roles or in paid employment.  Next in the series will be a music therapy workshop, which is scheduled for January 2017. For full details please email Najla El-Busefi. 

For more information

For more information

If you would like to find out more about this project please email project co-ordinator Najla El-Busefi or call her on 07436 039014.

Background to the project

Background to the project

One Westminster has been working with adults since 1996 through a popular council-funded volunteering project, Supported Volunteering for People with Learning Disabilities. The enables local organisations and businesses to give people with learning disabilities the chance to volunteer while we support and guide them.

We then realised the need for a back-up scheme that gives extra help to people with learning disabilities in overcoming social isolation and gaining confidence and life skills. This resulted in a successful pilot project fully funded by the Big Lottery Fund, which after it finished in 2015 led to our launching an new three-year project Befriending and Mentoring Adults with Learning Difficulties. This is also funded by the Big Lottery Fund.