Volunteer Support Assistant


We are looking to recruit Volunteers to join our well established Team of Volunteers, who support young people at TODYS’ weekly Social Club. Volunteers are also invited to support on TODYS’ Family Days Out.
TODYS, affiliated to MENCAP, was set up in 2000 to provide support for young people with disabilities and their families. We aim to organise Family Days Out throughout the year, and we run a Thursday evening Social Club for Youngsters from 11years upwards.


Under the supervision of Group Leader…
Support young people at their Social Club to access & enjoy a range of activities – sports, games, crafts, cooking etc
Support a family, or accompany & support a young person, on TODYS’ Family events.

Skills & Qualities

Reliability (without Volunteer support, we cannot run sessions)
Ability to work in a team
Patience & calm
Ability to maintain confidentiality
Be a good role model

When & Where?

The Hub, Shaw Bank, Barnard Castle, DL12 8TD

Hub Club Thursday evenings 5.45-7.45 Term-time only.

Also, Volunteers are invited along to occasional trips to places of interest or the theatre to support individuals or Family groups.

Training and Support Offered/Expenses

Mileage at HMRC rates
Refreshments & meals
FREE DBS check (mandatory)
Safeguarding on-line training (mandatory), plus other training eg First Aid, Food Safety, as it arises, will be offered.

Volunteer Benefits

Work with a friendly team of long-established Volunteers
Gain knowledge & experience of a range of disabilities
Have the opportunity to experience a range of new Activities alongside the Youngsters
Have the opportunity to share your own skills & knowledge
We appreciate the skills that more mature Volunteers can bring
Many of our younger Volunteers over the years have found that the experience of Volunteering with TODYS has helped them to progress into their chosen professions including Speech & Language Therapy, Medicine, Teaching, Social Work, Learning Disabilities Nursing, Sports Coach, Classroom Assistant.

Other Information

Minimum age 16 years.
We welcome applications from persons with disabilities.

TODYS (Teesdale Opportunities for Disabled Youngsters) More information
Type: Catering/Cooking, Support Work, Outdoors, Health & Social Care, Children/Young People

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