Hi my name is Sybil, I am the Business Support Officer for Richmond Mencap. Part of my role is to find special people who can make a difference to our organisations and the people we work with ensuring that all our volunteers feel valued and supported in their role. Volunteering is very rewarding not only for the recipient but also for the volunteer.
We need people;
- Who want to make a difference in someone’s life,
- Who want to break down barriers,
- Who want to give others the means to access lifestyles others take for granted..
My role is to increase the numbers of people volunteering and ensure they have what they need to volunteer.
To do this I find special people who can make a difference to our organisations and the people we work with, ensuring all feel valued and supported in their role.
Volunteers are really special people who give their time, this can be a couple of hours a month or weekly. According to Reader’s Digest April 2015: volunteers live longer, healthier, happier lives.
“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.”– Aesop
Here are some of our current volunteer opportunities;
- An interior designer or decorator to bring an Eastenders and Coronation Street theme
- spend time talking to people living independently.
- Pub night on a Monday nights in Twickenham from
- Picture Bingo sessions from Twickenham.
- Puzzles, Games and colouring sessions 2-4 pm, monthly at the Twickenham Club, usually on a Weds or Thurs afternoon
- Keep Active Walks, 10-12 on a Saturday (once a month), they would be with a member of staff from Richmond Environment Trust who lead the walk.
- Once a month on a Saturday night for our RHLT Diner’s Club.
- Cinema and Dinner activities on a Friday’ once a month in Kingston
- Day trips next August, there would of course be a staff member of RHLT staff leading the activity.
- Interior design to support for a couple of people who share a flat and live independently to reorganise/ and or redecorate their flat in Teddington/Kew
- The Meeting Place – the group meets on a three weekly cycle, (takeaway, cooking & pub). Based in Whitton
HAVE YOU GOT WHAT IT TAKES?… THIS IS YOUR OPPORTUNITY TO FIND OUT
Here’s a word from two of our volunteers;
“Volunteering with Richmond Mencap has enabled me to better understand how to support people with learning disabilities and has taught me the values that are important to them. After registering my interest in volunteering, the process to join the team was quick and simple. This meant that I got to start my experience as a volunteer within a few weeks of signing up.
The staff at Richmond Mencap have provided on-going assistance and guidance to ensure that their volunteers are always aware of the range of opportunities available to them. They are flexible in their approach and make volunteers feel highly valued.
As a volunteer at Club 47, I have had the privilege of getting to know the young people who benefit from the services provided by Richmond Mencap. Engaging in a range of activities each week, from board games to dance, I have found that it is enjoyable for both the young people and the volunteers. I look forward to continuing my volunteering experience.”
“I began volunteering with Richmond Mencap after the summer of 2015. Up until the New Year of 2016 I was assisting the team at Club 47. The first thing that struck me was the warmth and bonds of friendship between staff, volunteers and attendees. My role involved helping to set up activities, and generally supporting the group. The focus of each Club 47 session was on having fun in a supportive and inclusive environment, and the activities for the attendees included pool, table tennis, board games, quizzes, and a wonderful Christmas disco!
Since January 2016 I have been supporting The Meeting Place, which is a social club for adults taking place on Wednesday evenings. I have found the same spirit of warmth and supportive friendship amongst all at the group just like at Club 47, and enjoy the time spent conversing and sharing an evening meal with the group… there is even the occasional game of darts that I inevitably lose!
As a University Lecturer, I work on a full-time basis, and it is important for me in any volunteering capacity to have flexibility and a maximum-hours commitment of one evening per week. Richmond Mencap are understanding and fully supportive of this, and I have never felt any pressure from the team. Training is provided at the office, and the range of activities on offer is great. I have made many friends over my time with Richmond Mencap, and would recommend volunteering to anyone.”
See our ‘Have You Got What It Takes‘ leaflet