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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 ...

People with disabilitiesChildren & youth
Allsorts Walking Buddy

Allsorts Walking Buddy

Organisation role · 1–2 hrs/Week
Flexible location
People with disabilitiesChildren & youthCommunity & family
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Support a small group who enjoy walking

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Do you like getting out in the fresh air?

Could you use your skills to support a small group enjoy walking?

Are you enthusiastic about working to create a more inclusive community in Gloucestershire? Then the role of Allsorts Walking Buddy could be for you. 

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. Your role as a volunteer will help us to share more of what we do with families in Gloucestershire. 

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

·      As many Mondays in a month you can spare?

·      The group walks every Monday for 2 - 3 hours.

·      This role is based within the Stroud District.

What activities will you be involved in?

  • Meet with a staff member and the group to discuss the possible walks the group would like to do, and to understand their capabilities.
  • To meet weekly.
  • Ensure that the group is comfortable with walking and liaise with the staff team about any queries or concerns.

What can you gain from this opportunity?

·      Ongoing support and supervision

·      Making a difference to people with disabilities and additional needs

·      Experience of working with an innovative and growing organisation

·      Getting involved in your local community

·      Reimbursement of out-of-pocket expenses

Is there an induction and training?

  • You will receive a full induction

What are we looking for?

  • A reasonable level of fitness to comfortably undertake the walks
  • A friendly and cheerful manner
  • An ability to keep records and an understanding of the need for confidentiality.
  • A sense of humour
  • Reliable
  • An understanding of disabilities and additional needs (training provided)

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