Allsorts Play Volunteer

Allsorts Play Volunteer

Organisation role · Flexible hours
Brunel Mall, London Rd, Stroud GL5 2BP, UK
People with disabilitiesChildren & youthCommunity & family
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There is a schedule of activities during the week for which we need Play Volunteers. Whilst we are flexible on days, we’d require y 1 day per week.

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Are you passionate about working with children and young people with additional needs? Would you like to give time to a local, innovative charity? Would you enjoy helping children and young people learn and develop useful skills through play and while doing that have lots of fun?  

Why do we need you?

Allsorts is a pioneering local charity that works with families with children who have disabilities or additional needs. Strongly rooted in the local community, we want to involve as many people as we can in building an inclusive Gloucestershire where people with disabilities and additional needs are included and able to contribute.

We’re growing all the time, with new families joining and new activities being developed for children with additional needs as well as the wider public.

How much time should you offer? When would you be needed? Where will you be based?

You will be based at the Allsorts Hub in Stroud. There is a schedule of activities during the week for which we need Play Volunteers. Whilst we are flexible on days, we’d require you to do a minimum of 1 day per week.

Tuesday, 9.30 - 12 – Allsorts Toddlers

A baby and toddler group for Allsorts members.

Thursday, 9.30 - 12.30 – Home School Club

An open session for Allsorts members who homeschool - any age

Friday, 9.30 - 1 – Allsorts Toy Library

A Toy Library session for any young person with an additional need.

Saturday, 9.30 - 1 – Allsorts Toy Library

A Toy Library session for any young person with an additional need.

What activities will you be involved in?

Your role will be to encourage play in children with disabilities and additional needs. Setting up the session, clearing after the session and some cleaning of areas if required.

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.

·      A calm and kind approach towards children and young people who exhibit unpredictable behavior

·      A general enthusiasm to work with children and young people.

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