Putting something back in 2013 – Have fun with a child with Disabilities...
By time2share | Tuesday, January 15, 2013, 11:22
Have a look at this exciting Volunteering opportunity.
Making Friends and Have Fun at the same time!!
Time2Share, is a registered charity (Charity
No:1068862). We were set up in Bristol in 1972 to support families caring
for a disabled child or young adult.
We cover Bristol, Bath and North-East Somerset.
We have many young people with disabilities and learning
difficulties, who suffer most from lack of social life and social isolation.
I have detailed below a little more about what we do, and it may be
something that your readers would be interested in.
Many of our volunteers have found that in an age of high
unemployment and limited career choice, their voluntary work with us has lead
them onto paid employment, where employers see this work as a very valuable
contribution, and adds value to the individual's resume/CV.
Although we actively do fundraise as a charity, it is more
the Time from Time2Share that we are looking for from our
We provide a short break / befriending service to
give disabled children and young people the extra support they need and
an opportunity to go out independently. Our volunteers are linked 1:1
with a disabled child or young person to support them to take part in social
and leisure activities and develop social networks outside of their school and
family. This gives their parents / carers the opportunity to have a break
which supports them to continue in their caring role.
We also run social groups across Bristol, Bath and N E
Somerset where disabled young people can meet up with existing friends and make
new ones. All our groups meet at the weekend.
We recruit and train our volunteers from within the local
community. All our volunteers are fully checked in line with our safer
recruitment procedures and have to complete an enhanced Criminal Records Bureau
check. We take time and care to ensure that volunteers are appropriately
matched with young people and their families. Our aim is to establish
positive and lasting relationships which offer flexibility and support the
young person to make their own choices.
Often even a short break can make a big difference.
Our volunteers help to make that difference. We do not ask for previous
experience with disabled children but reliability and a caring approach are
important. We offer volunteers an opportunity to gain valuable
experience, knowledge and skills and to make a real difference in the life of a
vulnerable young person, and hopefully their own. We offer induction
training and ongoing support from an Area Co-ordinator.
If your reader, their son/daughter, niece/nephew,
grandchild, employee, friend or other relative would be interested in making a
big difference to someone's life please could they telephone Time2Share 0117
North East Somerset Co-Ordinator