The Camden Society
Project Category: Registered charity
The Camden Society; supporting people with disabilities to live the lives they choose; we believe that people with disabilities have the same human value and rights as everybody else.
The Camden Society was set up in the 1960s by parents of children and adults with learning disabilities to campaign & advocate for a more inclusive society for disabled people. Today the Society supports over 700 people a week to live in the community. We provide opportunities for people to gain new skills, to achieve accredited training and to find work, including through our gardening and catering social enterprises across London. We support people to access community based recreation activities, to go on holiday, to develop new friendships and maintain their networks of social support.
Many people with learning disabilites have spent much of their lives isolated from the rest of the community, often their only contact has been with their family and paid workers. We are committed to using volunteers in all our services as we believe that they can offer something different from paid workers and bring in skills and experience we might not otherwise get the opportunity to offer to our service users.
The qualities we are looking for in a volunteer are enthusiasm and flexibility, the ability to work evenings and weekends and we are always looking for drivers who hold a D1 license.
In return you will receive free training, gain work experience, meet new people and have fun in diverse social activities.
HOW TO GET INVOLVED
For all of our volunteer roles, You do not need to have any previous experience. We ask that you are enthusiastic, positive, patient and respectful.
Most of all, we need you to be willing to support people with disabilities to learn new skills and develop new relationships in ways that they choose and at a pace they feel comfortable with.
- You will need an open mind and a positive attitude towards disability.
- You need to be willing to have fun and commit to regular time in your volunteer role
- You will need enthusiasm and good communication
Please get in touch to chat about any of our volunteering opportunities and find out how to sign up to get involved in making a real difference to peoples lives.
EVENING CLUB VOLUNTEERS
Support disabled people to access leisure activities, make new friends, become more independent, stay healthy and feel confident in joining group activities in the community.Our social clubs are always in need of enthusiastic volunteers to support the varied and exciting programme of activities in the centre and in the community.
We run three social clubs in Camden on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings and are looking for those who can commit to volunteering on a weekly basis for a period of six months or more.
WALKING GROUP VOLUNTEERS
Support disabled people to get fit, have fun and make new friends. Our Saturday walking group is a weekly opportunity for people who are usually inactive to get out and about and take part in light physical activity.The group usually meets in and around Camden Town, then travels to places of interest (Hampstead Heath, Thames Walks, Historical Buildings/Gardens, Docklands, Emirates Air Line etc) for a walk lasting about 3 hours.
PASS is a Peer Activity Support Scheme providing 1:1 support to people with learning disabilities, physical disabilities or mental health issues. It enables them to access a physical activity with a friendly face in a variety of settings in the community. This could be supporting someone to a social club, a work out at the gym, attending a fitness class or simply going for a walk.The programme is designed around both the PASS user and volunteer commitment.
GREAT ESCAPE VOLUNTEERS
Each August, the Camden Society organise the Great Escape, a week-long holiday packed with activities for people with learning disabilities, including those with profound and multiple disabilities, those with autism and older people.
Volunteers are essential to helping the week go as smoothly as possible. Of course there is work involved but its hugely rewarding and enjoyable if youre prepared to throw yourself into the spirit of camp life. Knowledge of learning disabilities is not a necessity so long as you are considerate, adaptable and have a good sense of humour.
We need enthusiastic campers and activity session helpers to support people to enjoy their holiday you can come for the week or for a few nights. Camping accommodation, 3 meals a day and return transport to London provided.
MILL LANE CHRISTMAS SALES VOLUNTEERS
Tucked away behind West Hampsteads high street, Mill Lane Garden Centre is a social enterprise offering training and job opportunities for local people with disabilities. During the week, the project is used by adults with learning disabilities who attend to relax and learn in a natural and secure environment, improve their communication and social skills, complete accredited training in horticulture and gain work experience.
In the run up to Christmas, most of all sales are quality trees and festive decorations, and on each Saturday in December we need volunteers to help out so we can provide an efficient and friendly sales service.
GROWING TOGETHER VOLUNTEERS
In partnership with the Conversation Volunteers, we are in the process of planning a community food growing project at the Open Space on Mill Lane in West Hampstead.It will be achance to create a shared community activity in which our service users can get involved alongside local residents, volunteers and families.We need volunteers to get involved to take part in sessions from initial planning right through to design, build and maintenance.
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