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About volunteering……

DAD’s mission
Darlington Association on Disability (DAD) is an organisation led by disabled people, which exists to promote independence and choice. DAD supports disabled people and carers through the provision of services, support and information and going for a by tackling issues affecting disabled people both locally and nationally

Why does DAD involve volunteers?
Volunteers from all backgrounds add value to our work with disabled people. They make a huge contribution through their diverse experience and skills. In addition by actively recruiting and involving disabled people as volunteers we make sure that DAD remains user-led.

Your role
Before you start volunteering we will agree with you what your role will be. This will be written down and given to you. It will-

• explain who will supervise you
• where you will be working
• what you will normally be doing
• What support is available to you to carry out your role?
• Before volunteering with D.A.D you will need to undergo some pre-appointment checks i.e. application form, references and a Disclosure and Barring Service Check (formally known as Criminal Records Bureau). To complete the DBS check you will need to produce identification, please call us so that we can tell you what you need.

To apply for a vacancy please contact Margaret Langan, the Volunteer Support Worker on 01325 360524 or e-mail margaret@darlingtondisability.org

People's Parliament

Role 1

Volunteers wanted to support Darlington’s People’s Parliament. Parliament is a self-advocacy group for adults with Learning Impairment/Disability. At Parliament meetings we learn about local and national issues affecting people with a learning impairment/disability and often offer our feedback on what we discover. We practice self-advocacy (i.e. speaking up for yourself) and members support each other through peer advocacy. We also, work to understand people’s rights.

Role 2

The volunteer role(s) would involve attending a monthly meeting on a Monday from 9.30am to 3pm. The volunteer would support the group to work through the meeting agenda. Other aspects of the role include supporting people with their access needs like reading, writing and understanding information. Making refreshments and offering support at lunchtime would also be involved.

Carer’s Support Service

The service provides free information and advice to anyone providing support to a family member, friend or neighbour because of their age, illness or impairment.

The Mental Health Carer Group

We require one volunteer for The Mental Health Carer Group to support carers looking after someone with mental health. Occasional trips and lunches and guest speakers.

The last Thursday of every month.

Time 1.30pm - 3.00pm

Training: No training needed.

Skills: Good communication.

Circle of Friends Group

We require 1 lady volunteer to support the group that meets over coffee and informal chats. All female group.

Days: Every third Wednesday off every month.

Time: 10.30am - 12.00pm.

Male Carer Support Group:

We require one male volunteer to support our all male carers group.

Days: Every Wednesday of every month.

Time: 6pm - 7pm

Training: No training needed.

Skills: Good Communication

Darlington and District Social Club for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Place of Work: Corporation Road

The club requires a volunteer/s to support the club with administrative duties, this includes support to Committee members, typing reports, keeping the club room organised etc. There will be other administrative duties.

Time: Hours are 16 to 24 hours a week over a week. The days the club is usually open are every Tuesday morning from 10.00am until 12.00 noon, once a fortnight on a Wednesday morning from 10.00 until 12.00 noon, once a fortnight on a Thursday afternoon from 1.00pm until 2pm and every second and fourth Thursday from 7.00pm until 9.00pm.

Training: The club will provide guidance on the duties needed.

Skills: Reliable, good organisational skills, work in a team and use own initiative

Dash Playscheme

Dash Playscheme

We require volunteers to come onto our playscheme and support the children with all kinds of activities, Sport, Art and Craft, Cooking, Shopping and trips to the beach.
Experience is not essential as training with be given.

Time; 9.30am - 4.30pm.

Training: Will be confirmed.

Skills: Good communication skills, enjoy different activities and have a big smile