Crafts and Gardening Workshop Volunteer

Join our craft and garden workshops as a volunteer and support our members with learning disabilities in making, growing, and creating beautiful things.

What You'll Do: 

We're looking for volunteers to join our craft and garden workshops. The craft workshop, based on Norwood High Street, make mosaics, candles, lavender bags, embroidered cards, and much more. The garden, based about ten minutes walk from Tulse Hill station, has a greenhouse and produces wonderfully wonky fruit and vegetables.

The two workshops run every weekday from 9:30 to 4:30 and we would ask you to commit to attending regularly (at least every other week for a half day or full day). You might get involved with the gardening or the crafting, or with music or drama workshops. You would be working alongside people with learning disabilities, joining in with community life and building friendships. You would not be expected to help with personal care and no experience with people with learning disabilities is necessary.

Why You'll Love It: 

So many of us enjoy art, drama, building objects, and gardening, but struggle to find a space for them in adult life. This is a brilliant opportunity to tap into your creative side and make and grow beautiful things with kind people.

Our volunteers describe the workshops as 'like a family', 'laidback', and 'welcoming'. This is a chance to create beautiful and delicious things and join a friendly, open community.

What You'll Learn: 

This is an experience that will not only boost your CV, but also your confidence, and will grow you as a person.

You'll learn new creative skills like how to make mosaics or how to grow vegetables.

Being friends with people with learning disabilities changes the way you see the world. You will learn to be more attentive to the world around you and be more open to difference. 

You will learn to communicate more accessibly and there will be chances to have training in sign language. 

You will receive first aid training and a range of other trainings including health and safety and autism awareness.

What We're Looking For: 

There is no one kind of person who comes to L'Arche London. We are very diverse in terms of ethnicity, nationality, educational background, religion, age, and LGBTQ+ identity. What our members share is an openness to difference, a curiosity about other people, and a desire to build strong friendships. If you have any particular creative or musical skills, please do share them with us!

We are looking for people who are willing to commit to a half day or whole day a week.

Summary
Volunteering
Volunteer
Arts
Culture
Disability
Environment
Social Care
London
United Kingdom
Location of opportunity: 
West Norwood and West Dulwich
15 Weeks Minimum
4 Hours / Week
Skills you will develop: 
Active listening
Communication
Creativity
Languages you should know: 
English
Professional working
Requirements: 
DBS check
Over 18 years old
These documents must be completed: 

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