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. At the moment, the restrictions imposed by the coronavirus pandemic means that we are only able to offer regular telephone support to our project members to check that their needs are being met.
However, when restrictions are eased we aim to return to our usual way of working, which is to facilitate adults with a learning disability gain a volunteer role. 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.