Workshop - Involving volunteers with learning disabilities and autism, 10 September 2019, 1pm-4.30pm

FREE* Peer Learning workshop: Involving volunteers with learning disabilities and autism

Tuesday 10 September 2019, 1pm - 4.30pm

People with learning disabilities and autism have a broad range of valuable skills, experiences and perspectives to contribute to your volunteering programme.  However, they often face barriers to access and a lack of appealing volunteering opportunities.  With the right support and understanding, they can be an untapped resource of dedicated and committed volunteers. 

This practical and interactive session will explore the barriers faced by people with learning disabilities and autism and the simple and practical steps that organisations can take to reduce the barriers.  We will identify good practice in terms of volunteer roles, recruitment and outreach, application forms and interviews, working with support workers, support and supervision, communication, ‘mate crime’ and managing challenging behaviour.

The session will be led by Amber Plumbly, Volunteer Manager at Volunteering Matters.  Amber manages the Futures East project, which supports people aged 16-25 who have learning disabilities or are on the autism spectrum to find and sustain volunteering roles within local communities in East London.  Amber also manages Into Hackney, a mentoring project which alleviates social isolation in adults aged 25 – 50 with learning disabilities, supporting clients with volunteering, wellbeing, health and social activities.

VENUE: This workshop takes place at East End Homes, 3 Resolution Plaza, Spitalfields, London E1 6PS.

*Cost:
• Our training programme is kindly subsidised by the London Borough of Tower Hamlets (LBTH) via a Mainstream Grant. This enables us to offer discounts to certain organisations.
• This session is FREE for voluntary and community sector organisations that are based in Tower Hamlets (must provide a Tower Hamlets postcode) and/or funded by Tower Hamlets Council.
• For any statutory and commercial organisations, or organisations not based in Tower Hamlets and/or not funded by Tower Hamlets Council, the cost is £60.

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* 1. Please complete the relevant spaces below.

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* 2. Does your organisation have a base / office / centre in Tower Hamlets borough?  Note: if you've answered 'yes', the postcode you entered above must be a Tower Hamlets postcode.

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* 3. Which of the following is your organisation?

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* 4. Does your organisation receive funding from Tower Hamlets Council?

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* 5. Is your organisation registered with Volunteer Centre Tower Hamlets?

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* 6. Is your organisation led any of the following groups? (by ‘led’ we mean that the majority of your Board of Trustees are from that group)

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* 7. Which of the following beneficiary/ service user groups does your organisation primarily work with?

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* 8. Do you have any special requirements (e.g. dietary, access)?

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* 9. If you have a volunteer management topic or issue that you would like to have discussed at the ‘air and share’ session (time permitting), please enter it below (e.g. what are 'reasonable' expenses for volunteers, one of my volunteers has complained about a staff member, etc). You can also share successes/things that have worked well in managing your volunteers.

If you prefer, you can phone Evelyn on 0207 377 0956 to let her know what topic/issue you would like to have discussed.

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* 10. If I am offered a free place, I understand that there is a non-attendance charge of £50 and this charge will be invoiced to my organisation if I do not attend without giving 4 days notice. There is no charge incurred if bookings are cancelled 4 days prior to the start of the course.

If I pay a fee for attending, I understand that there will not be a refund of the course fee if I do not attend without giving 4 days notice prior to the start of the course. However, I may still send an appropriate substitute in my place and will inform VCTH of the change in advance of the session.

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