Friends Action North East

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Friends Action is a local charity that supports and champions friendship for adults with learning disabilities and/or mental health...

Various roles

This opportunity is ongoing, with no end date.

Friends Action is a local charity that supports and champions friendship for adults with learning disabilities and/or mental health issues. We aim to create supportive friendships for our vulnerable adults, with an aim to address the negative impacts of social isolation. Loneliness can be detrimental to our physical and mental health, so let’s help build friendships and make our community a happier place.

A one to one friendship mentor supports an individual with a learning disability and/or Autism who has enrolled on to our programme to achieve their friendship goals. You’ll be expected to meet up with your friendship finder once a week/fortnight to help them meet up with existing friends or new people and engage in community activities.

Friends Action North East

Aims: We are a local charity that supports and champions friendship for Adults with a learning disability and/or mental health issues. One of the things that we address in our model of supporting friendship is to reduce the impact that social isolation can have on people’s physical and mental health, and by forming sustainable friendships and community connections people can lower the risks associated with loneliness.

1-2-1 Friendship Mentor

A one to one friendship mentor supports an individual with a learning disability and/or Autism who has enrolled on to our programme (friendship finder) to achieve their friendship goals. A mentor will be expected to meet up with their friendship finder once a week/fortnight helping them to meet up with existing friends or new people and engage in community activities. A 1-2-1 friendship mentor is not a friend or befriender to the person they are supporting but a mentor who will support their friendship finder to make their own friends./p>

Digital Volunteers

Supporting all aspects of IT from data input, using social media to raise the profile of FANE and what we do as an organisation. We need people to campaign for digital inclusion for people with learning disabilities and/or Autism. This role can be made to tailor peoples own time, commitment and expertise. Suitable volunteers can work either at home or the office or mixture of both.

Group Support

Supporting people to try and develop independence skills in group environments. All groups are open to people on our programme and their guests. The ideal candidate for this role will be supporting people to do things on their own and encouraging people to become more independent at running groups and meeting with people on their own. Groups usually run once a month so ideal for someone who would like to volunteer a couple of hours a month. 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 a dance instructor you could do a dance group etc.

FANE Groups( Run once a month)

Film Group (Wednesday 5:00pm-8:00pm)

Get out there group (Friday 5:00pm-8:00pm)

Sunderland Social (Wednesday 5:30pm-8:00pm)

Newsletter group (Wednesday 10:00am-12:00)

Gardening Group (Monday 1:00pm-2:30pm)

Dance Group (Wednesday 1:00pm-2:00pm)

Meet and Mooch (10:00am-12:00)

Gateshead Social (Friday 5:30pm-8:00pm)

Art group (Tuesday12:00-2:00pm)

Digital Inclusion Adviser

This role will have a huge impact on the lives of people with learning and physical disabilities. We have already as an organisation seen how digital media has supported people to become less isolated and more involved in the community. Our digital inclusion adviser role will also be directly involved in how we can improve digital opportunities, tools and resources, as well as directly involved in shaping policy and possibilities regionally.

Senior friendship mentor

To support on a 1-2-1 (about 2 hours per week/fortnight for a year) for someone with a learning disability and/or autism to develop their friendship skills and practise the skills required to going out with friends in their local community. This role also includes supporting other volunteers offering advice/guidance and sharing good practice. This role could suit a mature student with more experience working with adults with learning disabilities and/or autism.

A 1-2-1 friendship mentor is not a friend of befriender to the person they are supporting but a mentor who will support their friendship finder to build their own friends.

Skills

• Experience working with adults with learning disabilities, autism and mental health issues • Communication skills • Interpersonal skills • Relationship building • Oral communication • Ethical and social awareness • Innovation and Creativity • Adaptability

Suitable For

All degrees particularly those wanting to go onto careers in teaching caring or working with adults with learning disabilities and/or autism or with mental health problems. Psychology and speech and language students have been a good fit for our organisation in the past.

Hours per week

2-3 hours a week or fortnightl

Commitment

Term time 2-3 hours a week or fortnightly

DBS required?

N.A.

Location

North East

Preferred degree

Any
  • Area of InterestChildren and Young People, Disability, Health and Social Care, Media and Marketing, Mental Health, Mentoring, Befriending and Advocacy
  • Volunteering TypeOn-Going Projects

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