Hours: Variable, approx. 4 – 8 hours per month
Includes some evening and weekend work

Our organisation

Equal Futures was set up by a group of parents to reduce loneliness and isolation for people with disabilities by building Circles of Friendship with a view to achieving individual goals.

What does a Circle do?

  • Increase social opportunities
  • Support and guidance during a period of change or transition
  • Achieve goals and aspirations

What is a Circle Facilitator?

This is a volunteer who is trained by Equal Futures to bring the Circle together for the person with disabilities. We match a Circle Facilitator by looking for someone who has similar interests. The Circle Facilitator helps everyone have conversations which lead to actions. They follow up on ideas and encourage Circle members to be active participants.

Who are the Circle members?

They can be family, friends or others in the neighbourhood. Circle members might be drawn from the places the person goes to such as groups or local amenities. Circle meetings take place every few weeks, often at the Focus Person’s home, or a Community Centre – somewhere everyone feels at ease.

Key Responsibilities

  • To support the person with disabilities to achieve their goals with the Circle
  • To go with the individual to activities and places to make new connections
  • To invite people to join in the Circle
  • To facilitate Circle action planning
  • Keeping administration tasks up to date

Person Specification

Essential

  • Can commit at least 2 hours per week for a minimum of 6 months
  • A positive and ‘can do’ attitude
  • Motivated and organised
  • A confident communicator with a willingness to talk to new people
  • A good sense of humour and a caring personality
  • A willingness to learn and attend training
  • Ability to drive or willingness to use public transport

Desirable

  • Able to facilitate group discussions
  • Local knowledge about the community you live in
  • Experience of working with disabled people or an understanding of the issues and
    challenges which can affect people with disabilities

How we support you

Full Induction and other training as required; such as Autism Awareness or Epilepsy
awareness when relevant to the role

  • A handbook with guidance for facilitating Circles
  • Ongoing support from Project Coordinator to help build the Circle
  • Regular supervision sessions from the Project Coordinator
  • Mentoring and sessions with other Circle Facilitators
  • A record of your achievements
  • Entry into any applicable Volunteer Reward Schemes
  • All expenses reimbursed

All successful applicants will be subject to PVG and reference checks and will not begin work with any vulnerable people until these are received.

How to apply

You can download the Circle Facilitator application form in Word format here.

And our Equal Opportunities form can be downloaded here.

Please complete the form and email it to Alison Roy at alison@equalfutures.org.uk.

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Contact: Alison Roy alison@equalfutures.org.uk