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What is Allsorts?
Allsorts provides activities and support groups for children and young adults with additional needs and their families in Gloucestershire. We currently support 341 families, which ...

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Allsorts Family Trips Volunteer

Allsorts Family Trips Volunteer

Organisation role · Flexible hours
Brunel Mall, London Rd, Stroud GL5 2BP, UK
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Support families on our family trips mainly during the school holidays but occasional weekends

Detailed description

We run family trips once or twice a week during the school holidays, usually on weekdays. Trips vary in length from a couple of hours to all day and take place at a variety of venues around the county including Westonbirt Arboretum,Tetbury, Stroud Bowl, Willow Boat Canal Trust, Saul Marina, Cheltenham Steam Railway and Cattle Country, Berkeley amongst others. We occasionally hire a coach from Stroud to visit further afield eg West Midlands Safari Park or Longleat. The trips are planned at least two or three months in advance. You can choose to volunteer on as many Family Trips that suit you.

What activities will you be involved in?

Family Trips offer families the chance to visit somewhere new within a warm and welcoming community or to revisit firm favorites that we repeat regularly. The Short Breaks and Family Trips Co-ordinator facilitates the trip whilst volunteers offer support by being friendly and welcoming to parents/carers and children/young people as well as participating in the activity where needed. You might be asked to offer one-to-one support to a family if they have requested individual support to help them take part in a trip. Parents retain responsibility for their children during Family Trips, but volunteers can be an essential extra pair of hands. The Family Trips vary depending on the activity/venue but we are always aiming to help people form friendships and to feel part of a welcoming and inclusive community.

What can you gain from this opportunity?

1.   Ongoing support and supervision

2.   Making a difference to families who have children with disabilities and additional needs

3.   Experience of working with an innovative and growing organisation

4.   Getting involved in your local community

5.   Reimbursement of out-of-pocket expenses as defined in Allsorts’ volunteer policy

Is there an induction and training?

  • You will receive a full induction before you start

What are we looking for?

·      A friendly approach.

·      Someone with good communication skills and confidence in working with children with disabilities and additional needs.

·      The ability to cope with children and young people who exhibit unpredictable behavior

·       A general enthusiasm to work with families.

What volunteers need😇 Disclosure and Barring Service

What we will provide to volunteers

💸 Reimbursement of costs🤝 Extra support

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About Allsorts

What is Allsorts?
Allsorts provides activities and support groups for children and young adults with additional needs and their families in Gloucestershire. We currently support 341 families, which equates to over 1,361 individuals.

What is Allsorts mission?
To make Gloucestershire an inclusive community in which families with children with additional needs feel supported, included, and able to contribute. Allsorts strives to help members forge new friendships, try new things, and most importantly reduce isolation.

What does Allsorts offer to members?
Sports and Fitness Activities including:
Trampoline club, Football, Softball – a sport similar to Rounders, Boccia – an inclusive sport similar to Boules

Clubs and Activities including:
Baby and Toddler Groups, Toy Library lending drop-in sessions, Gaming Club, Sibling Club, Friday night Youth Club

Support Groups including:
Grandparents Group and Parent and Carer Group

Family Trips – for example to local attractions supported by the Allsorts Support Workers

Where is Allsorts based?
Allsorts Activity Hub on the third floor in Brunel Mall, Stroud.

Allsorts Toy Library
The Allsorts Toy Library, based in the Activity Hub has over 1,000 specialist toys and pieces of equipment.
Each item is designed to make fun and learning accessible for every child with an additional need.

The Hub also has a Sensory room and Music room and is equipped with state-of-the-art sensory ceiling lighting throughout.

Allsorts is also one of the few places in Gloucestershire to have a Changing Places facility which anyone with a need in the local community can use.

The Hub is also the base for positive and friendly support groups, including:
• Parent and carer support groups
• Drop-in advice sessions (EHCP and Positive Behaviour Support)
• Baby sensory play groups
• Toddler play sessions
• Toy library lending drop in sessions