Volunteering – Always Available
A great way to gain experience and do something valuable
SoLO would not be able to operate without its brilliant band of volunteers. As a volunteer within SoLO we introduce you to all aspects of the projects and you will be supported whilst volunteering for us.
We provide free training to all our volunteers, to build up their skills and help them to be more prepared for the work that they do (see our training page for more information).
Our volunteers are simply amazing and go far and beyond what we expect from them to benefit our members.
- Sue comes in every week to help Locksley with the finances – not sure now what we would do without her!
- Alison comes in every week to help us with administration in the office – she is such a whizz!
- Paul produced our promotional DVDs and they have been shown at our corporate and volunteering events
- A wonderful band of volunteers support our regular fundraising ball and make it a great event for all
- Jill and her friends stuff our newsletters into envelopes every 4 months ensuring that everyone gets an update on what is happening within the organisation
- Jan ran a fundraising event called Sing for SoLO and raised over £1800!
- Livi is always supporting us on projects has helped us fundraise. We are very proud of her.
As a charity committed to giving young people with learning disabilities a more fulfilling life, we also have supported volunteers on our projects and in the office. This responsibility gives the supported volunteers a significant boost to their self-esteem. Currently we have Tracy and Daniel on Open Door and Alison in our office helping us once a week.
Unfortunately due to current capacity constraints, we are not able, at the moment, to promote or develop this further. However we hope that this will be a project for the future.
Volunteering on Projects:
Most importantly of course, all of our wonderful volunteers are - week in, week out – supporting our members to enjoy a social life which makes a difference to their lives.
Current vacancies for volunteer support workers on term time projects :
Please note that we have no more vacancies for volunteers under 18 at this time
Hazel Oak – this is a weekly opportunity for young people to build their independence cooking and eating together, with some trips out. It runs at Hazel Oak school in Shirley on a Tuesday after-school during term time. The role of the volunteer is to involve themselves in the activities and support the members.
Teen Open Door - this is a weekly after school ( 3.30 till 6.30) term time provision for teenagers with profound and multiple disabilities. The project runs in Smiths Wood on a Tuesday. The role of a volunteer is to get involved in the activities and suppport the members have a good time trying out the activities .
Adventure Playground – this is a weekly after school term time provision for children aged 6-12 with moderate learning difficulties. It runs at Meriden Adventure Playground, Chelmsley Wood, on Thursdays from 3.30 to 5.30 p.m. This role will suit someone who enjoys outdoor free play and activities
Daylight - daytime provision for people with a learning disability. Member-led programme in a stimulating environment. Currently Tuesdays at the Bridge in Shirley and Wednesdays at Fordbridge Centre, Nineacres Drive. 9.30 a.m. to 4.30 p.m.
Holiday Activities – mix of stimulating activities and trips out for children and youngsters aged 4 to 18, with a variety of disabilities and special needs. These activities run during the Easter and Summer Holidays, including half terms. 9.30 a.m. to 3.30 p.m. for staff and volunteers.
Swimming Project – North Solihull Sports Centre – Fridays after school – supporting a small group of children to have a fun time in the pool.
Time Out – a Saturday fortnightly provision in Lode Lane area, for teenagers with profound disabilities. Usually runs 1.30 to 4.30 p.m. Varied activities such as cooking, sports, trips out, swimming, arts and crafts.
Minibus volunteer: we are looking for someone with some spare time to keep our minibus clean and tidy in between trips.
All our volunteers are reference checked and require a full Enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service check before they start volunteering with us.
If you are interested in any of these vacancies please contact Cookie on 0121 788 3469 or by email on: email@example.com