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Could you help support adults with learning disabilities?

Could you help support adults with learning disabilities?

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Rachel Healy, Marketing and Communications Manager at Share Community (who run the Share Community Garden and Nurseries in Tooting) tells us what’s involved in volunteering and what a rewarding experience it is. 

There are approximately 862,995 adults of working age with a learning disability in the UK. Through no fault of their own they face difficulties with everyday activities that most of us take for granted, like going to the shops, the doctors or taking the bus. They are also often excluded from social activities such as going to bars, restaurants and general days out having fun. This means they can feel isolated and lack confidence.

We need volunteers at Share to help support adults with learning disabilities enjoy social networks and live more meaningful lives. If you could offer your time and patience then we’d love to hear from you.

Everyone has the right to be happy and fulfilled and live the kind of life worth living. Share offers training and support towards independence and employment for adults with learning disabilities and autism. Part of this includes teaching practical skills in the community. Navigating public transport, going to the library and understanding how to stay safe when out in public are all important steps on the path to independence.
 

  

But we also look at the entire life experience and our Go Anywhere Do Anything programme is all about social inclusion and having fun. We organise days out like going to football matches, beach trips or even going clubbing. These trips make a real difference to people’s lives. But we need the support of volunteers to make them happen.

Busy lives make it hard to find the time to volunteer but the benefits can be enormous. Volunteering helps connect you to your local community. As well as making a real impact, you’ll make new friends and hopefully have fun. It gives a sense of purpose which in turn makes you happier. It’s well known that helping and working with others can have a positive effect on your psychological well-being.

We do realise that taking that first step into volunteering comes with some uncertainty. That’s why we give our volunteers comprehensive support, training and recognition. In our recent volunteers’ survey, 100% of respondents would recommend volunteering with us:

“I count my three years' volunteering at Share as one of the highlights of my life. I have been continually inspired by my students, their warmth, their courage and their creativity, and I have felt that as a previous volunteer said to you, 'I am my best self when I'm with them.'”

“I’ve felt welcome at Share and made great connections with a lot of students. I appreciate the opportunities Share has given me to grow as a person.”

“I love coming to Share, and I can't believe it has been a year since I started volunteering – long may it continue!”

If you think you could help then please get in touch by calling Leanne Wood on 020 7801 9825 or email her on leannew@sharecommunity.org.uk.


Share Community is a registered charity that provides training and employment support for disabled adults, including those with learning disabilities, autism, physical/sensory impairments and mental health needs. To find out more about Share’s work or how you can get involved, visit our website at www.sharecommunity.org.uk 

 


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