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Friends Action North East: Group Support Volunteer

This opportunity takes place between 01 Oct 2019 and 30 Apr 2020. Applications closed on 13 Oct.

FANE was established in 2004 and the main purpose is to help adults with learning disabilities to make and keep friends. FANE champions friendship, raising expectations and creating opportunities to do ordinary things. Supporting people to try and develop independence skills in group environments. The ideal volunteer would support people to do things on their own and encourage people to become more independent at running groups and meeting people on their own. We already have groups including a film group on a Wednesday to a more a general Friday meet and mooch group to a sports groups. This opportunity would also be good for anyone who has skills in a particular area which might like to lead a group on e.g. If you are a dance instructor you could do a dance group etc. Responsibilities: • Meet Friendship Finders at an agreed meeting place if they don’t know how to get to the group unaided • Help set the group up • Provide encouragement and support for Friendship finders at the group • Make sure Friendship Finders get their taxis or home safely

Suitable For

This could be a good opportunity for someone doing a teaching qualification to gain experience running workshops for adults with learning disabilities and/or mental health issues. Anyone wishing to work with adults with learning disabilities and/or autism.

Hours per week



A compulsory 70 hours is required for the CDM placement for the year, across October - April (terms one and two) Times are flexible within office hours Monday –Fridays 9:30-4:30 Some groups run in the evening s from 5:00pm- 8:30pm

DBS required?



Ouseburn farm and other venues

Transport details

Accessible by public transport.

Provider details

2 references will be required. Full training will be given including: General induction Training about Friends Action North East Safeguarding Training Health and Safety training
  • Area of InterestChildren and Young People, Disability, Education, Health and Social Care, Local Community, Mental Health, Mentoring, Befriending and Advocacy
  • Volunteering TypeCDM

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