Volunteering

Are you interested in becoming a volunteer here at Spectrum?

 

Without Spectrum, many of the participants wouldn’t be able to access the performing arts outside of education and without volunteers, the sessions couldn’t run. We need you!

 

With your help, we can give them a safe space to be themselves and their parent/carers the rare opportunity of an hour’s respite.

 

We encourage anyone to get in touch about volunteering! Besides helping in our weekly clubs, we also need volunteers to help at one-off promotional and fundraising events, admin and behind the scenes help, taking photos and videos of sessions and in any other way you’d like to support us!

“Having a learning disability means that people find it harder to learn certain life skills. The problems experiences vary from person to person, but may include aspects such as learning new things, communication, managing money, reading, writing or personal care.”
Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities

What to expect from Spectrum

  • Support and encouragement

  • Volunteer information pack upon registering interest

  • A full induction

  • Half-termly bitesize training sessions

  • Access to safeguarding and autism awareness training

  • References for when you apply for further education or work

  • Out of pocket expenses. i.e. travel costs

  • Awareness of basic signs to aid communication

  • DofE evidence

Expectations of you as a volunteer workshop assistant

Your main role, as a volunteer, is to encourage participants to engage in the activities and actively support them to do so by joining in alongside them. You will also help with practical things such as; assisting with shoelaces, finding water bottles and helping to set up and pack away the activities themselves. No experience is necessary as a full induction and basic training is given during your taster session. All we ask for is positivity, energy and a willingness to get stuck in!

HAVE FUN! The best encouragement for them is to see you joining in and enjoying yourself!

The kinds of things we do in the sessions

  • Warm up

  • Learn dance routines

  • Develop dance techniques

  • Create their own dances

  • Drama games and exercises

  • Create their own drama scenes/stories

  • Games

  • Cool down

Here are two links to videos that explain disabilities which may be useful:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=129&v=tfkVA2BKIyY

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7JdCY-cdgkI&t=15s

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