TYPE OF PROJECT
Delos Community is a not-for-profit organisation, which exists for the well being of people with learning difficulties. It is made up of small groups, living in different households, which work together to create a network of mutual support. Varied work, training and study programmes are devised so that each individual can develop educationally and spiritually.
TYPE OF WORK
Volunteers live and work alongside the disabled service users. Some volunteers share a house with the service users. Volunteer’s tasks are divided amongst assisting service users with recreational activities, providing companionship, sharing skills and assisting service users with domestic duties. The volunteers will also support service users in recreation in the home, and taking part in activities including trips to the pub, to local historical and gallery attractions, swimming, cinema, bowling, and to church.
TYPE OF VOLUNTEER NEEDED
Flexibility, able to work independently, must be able to relate well with people of different ages and abilities. The ability to empathise with other people and support vulnerable young adults / adults.
Good spoken English necessary. Male and Female
Age 20 to 30
GENDER/ AGE OF SERVICE USERS
Male and Female aged 26-80 years old.
LOCATION OF PROJECT
The volunteers either live in one of the households with the disabled residents. Bedrooms are sometimes shared.
If the volunteer lives in the households, some meals are eaten with the residents. Volunteers are given an allowance to buy and prepare their own food.
WORKING HOURS Volunteers normally work 35-40 hours per week, mainly on weekdays.
TIME OFF/ HOLIDAYS
20 days off in addition to travelling month in August.
LEISURE TIME/ FACILITIES There is a cinema and a theatre in Wellingborough as well as shops, pubs and a club. There is also a leisure centre and swimming pool and a library.
Delos Community is an alternative community, which places great emphasis on justice, peace, sharing and equal opportunities. There is great scope for volunteers to get involved in interesting projects but this does require a certain degree of initiative from the volunteer.
All volunteers stay in a hotel for the first week that they arrive before moving into accommodation with service users. During this time, they receive training and induction.
4 other ICYE volunteers should be placed at the project and there is a supportive and community focused environment.
CURRENT NUMBER OF PLACES 5