► Community Mapper
New Prospects is an established provider of support for adults with learning disabilities in Newcastle upon Tyne, North Tyneside and Northumberland since 1990. At New Prospects, we provide a specifically tailored service to every individual, working to support plans chosen by them. We support people to reach their hopes and dreams, to be safe and health, and to make their own choices so that they are in control of their life.
Recruitment and screening process for volunteers:
After expressing an interest in volunteering with New Prospects, students will be invited to an interview. This is a chance to find out more about New Prospects, and to discuss the details of their placement. Following an informal interview which is an opportunity for interested students to see our work first-hand and to meet some of the people we support.
A CRB check is required before students can commence volunteering with the organisation. This can be a lengthy process. Interested students should therefore apply as soon as possible and no later than the end of July 2012. The CRB check is of no cost to the student.
Times you can volunteer: flexible and adaptable
Description of role:
Community Mapping is a way to identify local assets, networks and opportunities in ones community. Using data and specific tools, you create a visual display of key places, community organisations, and even related issues.
We are looking for a volunteer who is interested in carrying out community mapping on our behalf, and in exploring options of creating interactive and accessible maps. In the role of community mapper, volunteers will collaborate with people with learning disabilities, our staff across the organisation, as well as external contacts and the public.
We are looking for students with a positive attitude who:
-are enthusiastic about exploring one or more local communities
-are confident to take responsibility and show initiative
-work well in a team and have good communication skills
-are reliable and honour agreements
-have a real interest in the people we support
Previous experience with people with learning disabilities or specific training is not required for the roles we offer. An induction will be given at the beginning of the placement and an assigned supervisor will be available to give advice, guidance and support throughout the placement.
Specific volunteering times can be agreed in accordance with your other responsibilities but will be spread out across the duration of the module (70 hrs between October 2012 and March 2013).