Could you help disabled people in residential care?
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have a disability and need to stay in residential care?
Leonard Cheshire Disability provides such care in a beautiful Victorian building and supports residents to be both independent and to take part in community activities if they wish.
The company runs the Stonecroft House facility in Barnetby-le-Wold.
It provides a home with a cheerful and friendly atmosphere, personal care and support for service users and a variety of activities and trips, but it needs your help.
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Volunteers provide invaluable support in a number of ways, such as driving and escorting disabled people to local activities and facilities.
Volunteers also help with activities, supporting local sports, art and social groups, fundraising, and providing assistance, such as gardening.
Care plans are regularly reviewed and updated, based on people's changing needs.
They include a personal profile which identifies new skills and goals which the person wants to achieve.
Individual goals include wishing to learn computer skills or being able to cook.
To have the opportunity to gain a new skill or being given the chance to take up a hobby again, or to have the opportunity to find a new interest, such as fishing, playing an instrument, going to the pub, seeing a live band or enjoying the theatre are activities that most of us can take for granted.
But they are difficult for people who have disabilities, although volunteers can help with some of these things.
Volunteers can also make a difference in helping with fundraising, campaigning and organising events.
These are the kind of jobs which always need to be done and which provide valuable experience for those who do them.
A Leonard Cheshire spokesman said: "When someone shows an interest in being part of the Leonard Cheshire team, we invite them to visit and work to match their skills, interests and availability to a volunteer role.
"Together, we have the ability to make someone smile.
"Even if you can only give a few hours to volunteering, it can make a difference to residents' confidence, enjoyment and sense of achievement."
Leonard Cheshire Disability wants to change the way people see disability – to think and act differently to make a positive difference to the lives of disabled people.
It offers all volunteers an induction, training, continued support and reimbursement of expenses.
Volunteers are always respected and valued.
If you are interested in volunteering at Stonecroft House, get in touch with the Volunteer Centre at Voluntary Action North Lincolnshire, on 01724 845155.
Or, alternatively you can e-mail jacky.birkett @vanl.org.uk