Project information

Volunteer Hub

Help us achieve our dream of providing meaningful volunteering for learners with disabilities. To further develop their technical and interpersonal skills, while providing much needed peer to peer support for those learners presently recieving our home training.

January 2013 - December 2014

Charity information: UCanDoIT

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  • Need

    Need

    The internet, though its interactive capacity can provide amazing opportunies. Even though these opportunities are out there waiting for our learners, many lack confidence, practical experience or the friends and family on which they can practice their skills. The creation of our volunteer hub is another opportunity for us to provide tangible practical support.

    Solution

    The volunteer hub will enable our volunteers to offer direct support for those learners undergoing our training course and build their confidence. They will be able help with homework, such as email and social networking. Having someone who has a similar disability helping you is a huge confidence builder. There will also be opportunities to build experience for CV’s. Opportunity for meaningful activities, to share knowledge and experiences.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Make the project accessible, irrespective of disability.

    Activities

    » The Hub will contain the appropriate software, computers and furniture to support anyone with a physical or sensory disability.

    By having volunteers with different disabilities using and being part of the Hub


    Aim 2

    Ensure high levels of self sufficiency and independence.

    Activities

    » Ensuring the every aspect of the office is accessible removing any potential barriers by providing approriate equipment and facilities,

    The ability to perform tasks from start to finish without undue support. Volunteers and learner feedback.


    Aim 3

    ensure we are providing meaningful opportunities which are rewarding and have a positive impact.

    Activities

    » In addition to providing peer-to-peer support for present learners, the volunteers will be given tasks that can build on their own skills.

    Increased numbers of volunteers and learners successfully developing new skills. Numbers of volunteers moving on to employment or learning opportunities. User feedback


    Aim 4

    Build a community of support amongst and for our learners.

    Activities

    » For learners to receive support from someone who received the training will build confidence, hopefully encouraging them to want to do the same.

    Once the success of this type of support is firmly established, the Hub will be rolled out across our other main training areas in the UK.


    Aim 5

    Provide a stepping stone for further employment or learning.

    Activities

    » By building confidence, experience, establishing a routine.

    Providing the volunteers with meaningful tasks which incorporate online filing, using 'office' programmes. Volunteers offering 'interview' practice.


  • Impact

    Impact

    Recent monitoring by one of our present volunteers who contacted learners who graduated 5 years ago, found that 35% had moved on to some sort of employment. We hope to increase these percentages through the additional support the Hub will provide. Issues such as loneliness, the need to participate in meaningful activities, the importance of peer group contact; can all be addressed in part though the interaction the Hub will provide both for the learners and the volunteers.

    Risk

    That the project doesn't provide the opportunities for our beneficiaries and the volunteers that we want to create. We have spent a lot of time talking to our learners asking them what additional support they would like to see. Some of our learners have become tutors themselves, feedback from this source is invaluble as they have quite a unique insight. Volunteers must feel supported and valued. A specialist co-ordinator with assistive technology and interpersonal skills to be recruited.

    Reporting

    The Donors will recieve a follow up report of the completed Hub together with photographs of the volunteers 'in action' .

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £19,888

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      Amount Heading Description
      £2,300 Preparing Space Labour and materials
      £1,380 Furniture Adjustable desks, ergonomic chairs
      £4,100 Computers Software, Computers and Hardware
      £4,308 Kitchen Re-furbishment and equipment
      £7,800 Co-ordinater Part time project manager
  • Background

    Location

    The Hub will be located in our offices in Wandsworth.

    Beneficiaries

    The volunteers will primarily though not exclusively, graduates from the UCanDoIT home training course. The volunteers will have either a physical or sensory disability. The learners supported by the Hub will also have a disability, living in London, West Midlands, North West, South East or Scotland. At any given time we have 250 learners undergoing our training support. Each one of those learners is an individual with different interests and support needs.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We were the first and still are the only charity in the UK that provides structured home training support for people with disabilities,based on an assessment of individual need. The assessments we carry out, is what makes us so unique and so successful. We have now supported over 4,000 people who collectively have over 80 different forms of disability. We believe in feedback, it is our learners who have asked for this project.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    Patricia Webb

    Is the Development Manager for the charity and will oversee, develop and channel the areas of support the Hub will provide.

    Lisa Oram

    Is our office manager who oversees the day to day running of the organisation and project manages our programmes.

    Volunteer Co-Ordinator

    The co-ordinator will have the necessary assistive technology skills and experience to directly support the volunteer.

Thankful for technology as without it I would find so many things impossible to do

Hazel Dudley previous beneficary and now one of our tutors.