Work with People with Learning Disabilities

​Are you passionate about serving adults with learning disabilities?

Details:

People with ‘learning difficulties’ refers to those who have conditions such as Down’s syndrome, Autism, etc. These individuals are reasonably independent; however, they rely on full-time and volunteer carers to help them with cooking, tidying up, using public transport, and learning in a classroom setting. When not doing their caring duties, volunteers may help plan leisure activities, organise weekend outings, and help maintain the centre or care home.

Accommodation:

Most of TfG’s placements in this category take place at residential care homes – where volunteers live on-site, but in their own separate living space. Alternatively, a few placements operate as day centres for those with learning difficulties (they have no residential accommodation); at these placements, a volunteer will either live in a flat with other volunteers or with a host family.

Possible activities:

  • Build relationships through spending time with and helping clients/residents
  • Organise and plan both evening and weekend activities/outings
  • Assist clients with cooking, tidying up, shopping, using public transport, etc

 Note: Though not all clients/residents will need it, volunteers should be prepared to offer some degree of ‘personal care’ – which could include feeding, bathing and/or dressing people.