► Group Support Worker
Sight Service is the leading local provider of services and support for people who are visually impaired and live in Gateshead or South Tyneside. Our advice, information and support can enable visually impaired people to have the quality of life which many sighted people take for granted. We also promote greater public awareness of sight loss and work towards achieving better and more accessible public services for visually impaired people.
Recruitment and screening process for volunteers:
-Informal Interview with Capacity Development Co-ordinator
-Completion of application form, which includes details for 2 referees
-Completion of CRB form, if required.
CRB required: no
Times to volunteer: Mon – Fri 10am – 4pm
Description of role:
Group support workers are required to work with members of our social activity groups. Groups include:
An art group
A luncheon club
A music appreciation group
Groups take place throughout the week Monday – Friday. All members of the groups are blind or partially sighted, some have additional disabilities including learning difficulties. A dedicated leader supports each group. The support workers will assist the group leader to prepare for, and clear up after the group. They will work with service users providing the required support to allow them to fully participate in the activities on offer. Support workers might also be required to assist with the making of teas and coffees for group members.
Good verbal and written communication skills
Training: Organisation Induction – 1 hour (Times are flexible)
Induction to each group the volunteer will be working with.