Voluntary Action Arun & Chichester

Volunteering

Gig Buddy Volunteer

For Gig Buddies - West Sussex

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Being a gig buddy involves attending an event with a person who has a learning disability, once or twice a month. You also help them to choose the event and help with practical / transport arrangements. You will receive training and support.

We regularly recruit new volunteers to buddy up with a person who has a learning disability. We are looking for volunteers all over West Sussex, including, Bognor Regis, Worthing, Horsham, Crawley, Arun and Chichester

Skills

  • Able to help a person with a learning disability to make decisions about what kind of events they’d like to go to.
  • Able to commit to a day of training, and then to meet up with the person that you are matched to twice a month.
  • Friendly and kind, with a good sense of humour.
  • Willing to get to know somebody well, and to have a good gig buddying relationship with them, based on mutual respect and shared interests.
  • Committed to Stay Up Late’s campaign to ensure that people with learning disabilities are enabled to live active social lives and make their own choices about how they live.
  • Proactive and reliable – part of the role is to arrange the gigs that you go to with your buddy.
  • Because gig buddying is all about getting to know somebody, we usually ask that you’ll be around for at least a year.

About Gig Buddies - West Sussex

Stay Up Late promotes the rights of people with learning disabilities to have full and active social lives.
We do this through awareness raising, advocacy, running our Gig Buddies volunteer service and providing opportunities for people to lead full and active lives.

Interests

  • Arts, Heritage and Entertainment
  • Civic Responsibility and Communities
  • Fitness and Sport
  • Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender

Activities

  • Local Events
  • Supporting People and Befriending

Details

  • Yes - DBS check required
  • Yes - Equality and Diversity Policy
  • Yes - Expenses reimbursed
  • Yes - Health and Safety Policy
  • Yes - Ongoing support
    Regular catch up with volunteer supervisor
  • Yes - Suitable for physical or sensory impairment
    Need to be willing and able to travel to a range of venues/locations in order to support their gig buddy
  • No - Suitable for Under 18's
    Over 18
  • Yes - Training provided
    6 hours training usually on a Saturday
  • Yes - Volunteer induction
    As part of training
  • Yes - Volunteer Policy
  • Yes - Volunteers covered by insurance
  • Yes - Written role description
    Handbook provided with full details of the Role

Availability

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Morning Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Afternoon Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Evening Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

This is a role which can fit around existing commitments to meet the needs of your Buddy. You negotiate between you the times and places to meet up.

Location

Countywide

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