As a parent/carer led local charity, volunteers are at the heart of how we help adults, young people and children with physical and/or learning disabilities live a more fulfilled, independent life. Without volunteers we wouldn’t be able to provide the range or quality of support we do.
Gillian Holmes is one of our longest serving volunteers. Read about her story with Stockport CP: how she got involved, her work with Stockport CP Wheelers and what staff say about her support.
Please find below all advertised Volunteering Opportunities.
For more information on other ways you can get involved. Contact us on 0161 432 1248
For further details please contact Louise.Cornes@stockportcp.co.uk
Volunteering is hugely rewarding. Volunteering gives you the opportunity to put something back into your local community, meet new people, take on a challenge, build employment skills or develop a new interest.
There are a wide range of ways you can be involved as a volunteer. Here’s a film about one of our volunteers and how he makes music with Raza, one of our service users.
You can volunteer any time from the age of 14. All we ask is that you are enthusiastic, committed and reliable. Good communication skills are essential in order to support service users, especially as some have very limited or no verbal communication. A sensitive approach and respect for people’s dignity, personal choice and privacy is also important.
WHAT DO WE PROVIDE?
Volunteers are offered an induction which includes information on the Society and the range of volunteering opportunities available. Following on from this, volunteers are able to access training to equip themselves with the skills and knowledge to confidently carry out their roles. There is also a buddy system in place that ensures support is on offer to new volunteers or those with additional requirements.
There are a number of disabled volunteers who work within the Society and the project is keen to continue recruiting those with additional requirements along with all other members of the community.
Many of our volunteers use the experience they gain on placement to provide them with the knowledge and skills to move onto paid employment and/or college/university courses.
Volunteers will receive information from the volunteer coordinator about comprehensive training courses which are organised by SMBC, these courses include: full day 1 day emergency 1st Aid, Safeguarding level 1, Health and Safety, Building relationships and Communication with families and many more.
We also run a volunteer induction programme to provide all volunteers with a basic understanding of the following aspects of staff training and how these should be considered in line with Stockport CP Society Policies:
- First aid
- Moving and Handling
- Child and Adult protection
- Disability Equality
The information used for the volunteer induction is adapted to a more condensed version of training which all of our Staff will have received.
APPLY TO VOLUNTEER
Download an Application Form here, fill it in and email it back. You will be asked to sign a copy of this form when you are invited to interview.
WE HAVE VOLUNTEERING OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE IN…
Cheddle Lodge is a residential home, near Cheadle town centre, offering 24-hour support for people with severe multiple disabilities. Volunteers offer a valuable source of social contact for residents. This can range from visiting and chatting with residents at Cheddle Lodge to assisting with organised activities such as pamper sessions, pizza and video nights or even karaoke to accompanying residents on afternoons/evenings out to the park, pubs, shows and restaurants.
Volunteers are not asked to offer personal care to residents.
Due to Cheddle Lodge being registered with CQC Volunteers must be 18+ for this opportunity.
We run a number of leisure groups for adults, children and young people across a wide range of activities.
Adult Daytime Social Group
This is a weekly group starting from Heaton Moor and various Stockport locations. Activities may include, indoor climbing, swimming, cycling, bowling, visits to places of interest, tea dances and many more.
Adult Evening Social Group
This is a fortnightly group where group members decide what activities they would like to do. Popular choices include: disco’s meals out, cinema trips, swimming, pool and dart nights, shopping and many more besides!
We meet at 6.00pm on Wednesdays at Heaton Moor. The activities usually finish at 9.00pm.
For both of the adult groups volunteer support may be motivational, e.g. supporting group members to overcome confidence issues, meeting new people, making choices, or practical, for example giving assistance with accessing buildings, using equipment, making purchases, etc.
Youth and Adult Evening Outdoor Groups
These groups offer young people & adults with disabilities the opportunity to participate in challenging leisure activities including: snowboarding, canoeing, karting, indoor climbing, archery and skiing.
Skills Group operates in Heaton Moor, Stockport, and in Trafford. Skills volunteers assist members to take part in a wide range of activities including relaxation, gardening, music, drama, flower arranging, cookery, computer skills, photography and arts and crafts.The involvement of volunteers allows us to provide more one- to-one support.
Skills group runs Monday to Friday from 10.00am to 4.00pm. Volunteers either come for a morning, afternoon or full day usually once a week or once a fortnight.