Walking volunteer for people with learning disabilities

Accompany our members on walks around our local area and befriend people who see the world differently to you.

What You'll Do: 

We are looking for volunteers to accompany members of our community on walks one-to-one around our local area (West Norwood and Tulse Hill). If you enjoy walking or would like to do more exercise, and would like to make some friends and join a fun community, this is the perfect opportunity for you. No previous experience with people with learning disabilities or in care is required. 


Lots of our members love going on walks and being outside. You would meet the person at their house and then go for a walk for about an hour around local area. You might go to the West Norwood Cemetery or Brockwell Park, or walk around the local streets. You could also accompany members at our community walk around West Norwood Cemetery which would be a great way to get to know the wider community. 


There is not a particularly high fitness level. You would need to be able to walk for an hour, and some of our members are in wheelchairs so you might need to be able to push a wheelchair. But we walk slowly in L'Arche London! 

Why You'll Love It: 

Walking with people is a lovely, lowkey way to get to know them. It gives you something to connect on and talk about without the pressure of a sit-down conversation. If you're trying to do some more exercise and also make new friends, this is the perfect way to achieve your goals. It would also give you the chance to join a fun intentional community with lots of events like parties and barbeques. At L'Arche, you are welcomed for who are, not what you can do.

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. 

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. We are also looking for people who are willing to commit to regular volunteering.

Older People
Social Care
United Kingdom
Location of opportunity: 
West Norwood and West Dulwich
0 Weeks Minimum
0 Hours / Week
Skills you will develop: 
Active listening
Languages you should know: 
Limited working
DBS check
Over 18 years old
These documents must be completed: 

Similar Opportunities

Become a STEM Ambassador
London STEM Ambassador Hub
Min. 0 Weeks Minimum weeks
London, United Kingdom
Become a STEM Ambassador

If you are studying or researching a Science, Technology, Engineering, or Maths (STEM) related subject and want to volunteer and share your knowledge and experience with young people, you could become a STEM Ambassador.

Volunteer as an English or Maths tutor
Team Up for Social Mobility
Min. 10 Weeks Minimum weeks
London, United Kingdom
Volunteer as an English or Maths tutor
Education, Social Mobility, Young People

Team Up is looking for dynamic volunteer tutors to help transform the future prospects of underperforming pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds.

University Student Mentoring
Min. 12 Weeks Minimum weeks
London, United Kingdom
University Student Mentoring
Education, Social Mobility, Young People

Do you want to make a real difference to a young person's life? If you are a current university student of any subject (or have graduated within the last 2 years), this opportunity could be for you!

Related Articles

King's Volunteering
Five Ways to Wellbeing with King's...
You can practice the King's Five Ways to Wellbeing by volunteering – at home or in your local community. Here are some ideas to get you started.
King's Volunteering
10 volunteering opportunities you can do as a one...
From being a host with FoodCycle, to gardening with Coin Street Centre - check out the one-off opportunities on the King's Volunteering Platform.
King's Volunteering
Volunteering for disability inclusion
Become a volunteer coach, join a research communications group, or help to make a difference to families.