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Sheffield Voices

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Sheffield Voices is part of Disability Sheffield which is a membership and user led organisation, run and controlled by disabled people. We promote independent living for disabled people in Sheffield.

Volunteer Group Co-Facilitator(s) 2020/21

This opportunity takes place between 13 Oct 2020 and 12 Oct 2021.

We are looking for someone to support some of our online groups we are running during the week. This will give you an opportunity to learn how to work with people with both mild to moderate learning disabilities in an online setting, learn news skills and have some fun!

Disability Sheffield facilitates the Sheffield Voices learning disaiblity self advocacy project. We have moved all our services online and this has increased the amount of people that are now attending our group. We have been busy developing other groups which are of interest and we have been trying to create roles for people with a learning disaiblity and Autism by getting them to facilitate their own groups. We are looking for a couple of volunteers who can commit to us for at least six months to support the facilitation of some of these groups. 

The Magic Pen writing group is a collaboration between Burton Street Foundation and Disaiblity Sheffield. We have been running the group for six weeks and have supported people to enter a writing competition which is being run by Sheffield Libraries. We initially ran it as a pilot and we would like to continue this but need support from a volunteer. Your role will be managed by Disaiblity Sheffield and you will work with the facilitator once a week for one hour delievering the session via ZOOM on a Friday morning 11-12pm. You will be expected to bring ideas to the group about interesting things they can do and write about to help develop the groups writing skills. 

Our Peer led Accesible Healthy Lifestyle group starts this week and will run as a test and learn for six weeks. We have several people signed up and help people to come together to come up with ideas as to how they can begin their healthy lifestyle journeys. You would be working alongside our Autistic staff member who is facilitating this group. 

We run general learning disailbity and Autism self advocacy groups each week on Tuesday and Thursdays between 11-12pm. We have around 10-15 people join these groups and we work on issues that affect them and other campaigns and projects. We are looking for a volunteer to come along and support these groups by bringing intersting fun games to play with the group. 

You will recieve supervision from Disability Sheffield and have opportunities to get invovled with other online groups and activities should you wish. 

What skills do I need?

Great communication skills Good sense of humour Ability to come up with some creative ideas for games and online activities Interested in community An understanding of the Social Model of Disability Be able to use ZOOM and have internet access which is not via a mobile phone

What will I gain?

You will have lots of fun and you will develop some really good skills from working with people with a really wide range of communication needs and also different levels of understanding. You will gain some great experience in how to work with people who have different abilities online and see the potential of this for any of your future roles

Training and support

You will be supervised by Disability Sheffield and you will be invited into all our peer led online training on Autism, Learning disabilities and Mental Health

Time commitment

For at least 6 months One hour minimum per week, plus one hour prep time







DBS (criminal records) check



You will work from home. We occasionally meet up face to face in parks

Travel information

  • CausesDisability, Learning disability, Social isolation
  • FrequencyEvery week
  • WhenTuesday morning, Thursday morning, Friday morning
  • Skills and InterestsCampaigning, Communication skills, Creativity, Listening, Organising
  • Careers and AspirationsPsychology, Social work, Third sector and charity work

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