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Volunteer opportunity for My Future, My Way Project

Volunteer Role Outline for My Future, My Way Project

Main Contact: Project Lead: My Future, My Way
Location: Devon

Background to the My Future, My Way Project
Funded by the Department of Health ‘Health and Social Care Volunteering Fund’ for 2 ½ year period.
The project aims to:
•    Enable people and their families/carers to make informed decisions about what help, services and resources they need so they are leading decisions made about their care/support
•    Support people and their families/friends/carers to have a voice and influence within health and social care systems
•    Empower people and their families/carers to volunteer to share their knowledge/skills and support others through the planning process

Purpose of the role:
Volunteers will be trained in person-centred support planning and to pass on these skills to others. They will also be trained to share experiences of personalisation with commissioners, providers and community groups to influence developments, to ensure people’s views are heard whilst inspiring others to work in a person-centred way.

Key Activities
•    Attend Dream It, Plan It, Do It! training sessions to learn about the different methods of person-centred planning the project will focus on.
•    Deliver (with support) training sessions about person-centred planning and encourage attendees to develop their own person-centred plan
•    Present at groups and meetings to share experiences of using health and social care services
•    Attend Speaking Up training (delivered by Inspiring Dreams, Achieving Change)
•    Promote the advantages of using a person-centred approach
•    Complete monitoring and evaluation feedback as required

There is also the opportunity to attend some of the project steering group meetings.

Skills and experience
•    An individual who receives health and/or social care services (and/or their family member or carer)
•    Patient, flexible, understanding and have a responsible attitude
•    Good communication and interpersonal skills
•    Understanding of equality and diversity
•    Ability to travel to local meetings and events

The nature of the role is to develop skills and expertise in encouraging other people to speak up about the care and support they need to live the life they want.  It is hoped therefore that volunteers can give a commitment to the project for at least six months.  
The frequency of commitment is flexible.

All volunteers with Living Options Devon are expected to:
•    attend induction training
•    act in accordance with the Living Options Devon confidentiality and data protection policies
•    have a DBS disclosure (paid for by Living Options Devon)

As a minimum, we would like My Future, My Way volunteers to commit to attending:
•    2 meetings / groups every 6 months to speak about experiences with health and social care services
•    2 sets of Dream It, Plan It, Do It! sessions per year to encourage others to develop a person-centred plan
Volunteers are asked to give as much notice as possible if they are going to be unavailable.  

Volunteers will also have regular supervision with the Project Lead.

Benefits of volunteering
•    Out of pocket expenses paid.  The cost of parking and travel expenses will be met in accordance with Living Options Devon expenses policy
•    Opportunity to receive training, share existing knowledge and skills and develop new skills
•    Opportunity to meet new people and visit new locations
•    Opportunity to network with other volunteers and receive support
•    Satisfaction of influencing the development of local health and social care services
For more information about volunteering with us, or to make an application please contact:
Email: info@livingoptions.org
Post: Living Options Devon, Units 3-4 Cranmere Court, Lustleigh Close, Matford Business Park, Exeter, EX2 8PW
Phone: 01392 459 222

About Us

Living Options Devon is a well respected user-led organisation which works to ensure that people with disabilities and Deaf people can live the life they choose. Set up in 1990 LOD is a registered charity (Charity N0. 1102489) and a company limited by guarantee (No. 4925281). Based in Exeter and Barnstaple, our charitable aims mean we we can offer services across the South West and share good practice throughout the UK. Being led and run by people with disabilities and Deaf people ensures LOD has first hand knowledge and understanding of the issues facing service users and so is very well placed to increase the influence and voice of Deaf and disabled people. We do this by providing education, training and services which enable people to live the lives they choose.

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By telephone: 01392 459222

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