Gig Buddies has been matching young people with learning disabilities with members of their local community to take part in life after 5pm, whether that is gigs, clubs, going to the cinema or theatre, or just a quiet drink in the pub.
To find out a bit more about the impact the project has on our buddies, check out this feature on the BBC .
We're looking for volunteers in the Bradford area who are:
18 + Having an interest in improving the lives of people with a learning disability Wanting to meet people in your local community Outgoing Passionate Good communicator Confident
Online training session including safeguarding and learning disability awareness Minimum volunteer hours - 4 hours a month (twice a month at approx. 2 hours each) Meet virtually or in person with your matched gig buddy twice a month Attend group socials once a month
For more information about the project and its background, click here to visit the main Gig Buddies page .
What you can expect
Relevant training Induction to the service and volunteer role Ongoing support from the gig buddies coordinator Agreed expenses to be reimbursed (e.g. travel) The chance to extend knowledge and experience of the voluntary sector The chance to make a difference to people's lives The opportunity to empower someone with a learning disability to become a valued member of their community References after 6 months of volunteering
To see how the project has adapted since lockdown, check out this article .
What you can expect
Relevant training Induction to the service and volunteer role To feel fully supported in my role Agreed out-of-pocket expenses to be reimbursed (e.g. travel) The chance to extend my knowledge and experience of the voluntary sector The chance to take on a new challenge and make a difference to people's lives The opportunity to support someone with a learning disability to live a life like anyone else and make choices about how you spend social time together To feel appreciated and valued for my contribution The chance to gain experience and boost your confidence in a community setting References after 6 months of volunteering for future employment or volunteering opportunities
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