Disability Symbol User
Merton Mencap has been awarded the Disability Symbol by the Job Centre Plus. This means we are committed to the following five principles:
- We will interview all applicants with a disability who meet the minimum criteria for a job vacancy and we will consider them on their abilities
- We will ensure there is a mechanism in place to discuss, at any time, but at least once a year, with disabled employees what can be done to make sure they can develop and use their abilities
- If employees become disabled, we will make every effort to make sure they stay in our employment
- We will take action to ensure our employees develop the appropriate level of disability awareness needed to make these commitments work
- Each year, we will review our five commitments and what we have achieved, and plan ways to improve on them.
Merton Mencap Leaflet
Download a PDF of the standard version of the Merton Mencap Information Leaflet here.
Merton Mencap Leaflet: Easy Read
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Latest Vacancies for Volunteer Positions
To speak to us about volunteering, please email us or telephone us on 020 8687 4825, or you can complete the form below to register your interest and we will contact you to answer your questions and send you an volunteer application form. All information will be treated as confidential.
We try to match people skills to the best volunteering opportunity for them. Most of our Vacancies are either Project Volunteers or Fundraising Volunteers.
- Volunteers based on our projects throughout the week at various locations throughout Merton. Tasks could include things such as running activities, encouraging others to get involved with activities, helping to set up and clear up the sessions, helping service users to prepare meals, engage with the service users.
- volunteers who have an interest in fundraising and who would like to run events, assist at events or support the office in finding additional funding sources, can be regular or on an ‘as and when’ basis.
- Please contact us if you are interested to discuss this.
Travel Training volunteer
We are looking for individuals with a mature personality to work alongside our Travel Trainers to support young people with a learning disability to learn to travel independently from home to school using public transport. Duties could include ensuring a young person using their freedom pass correctly, travelling with them for the journey, meeting them at agreed point along the journey or ensuring they complete the journey safely by themselves. Volunteers time can be flexible but we would ask for a minimum of 1 half day per week around the needs of the people we are supporting. The opportunity is between Monday-Friday during the day. Reasonable travel expenses and previously agreed out of pocket expenses are paid.
Family First Volunteers
We are looking for individuals with a mature personality to work alongside our Family First Caseworker to support parents with a learning disability and their families with different aspects of their lives. This could include helping the parents to find activities to do with their children, helping them engage in the local community or accompanying them to classes such as parenting classes. This role will involve some time working 1:1 with people with a learning disability in the community or at their homes. Volunteers time can be flexible but we would ask for a minimum of 1 half day per week around the needs of the people we are supporting. The opportunity is between Monday-Friday during the day. Reasonable travel expenses and previously agreed out of pocket expenses are paid.
Family First Admin Volunteer
We are looking for an admin volunteer to work one day a week supporting out Family First Caseworker and Volunteers. Tasks will include typing up case notes and letters, answering the telephone, making appointments, researching online and in the local community for activities in line with the case needs and other adhoc admin duties. Volunteer must have a good knowledge of Microsoft packages – especially word and excel, be proactive and be able to work on own initiative. The day can be flexible to match with the Family First Caseworkers working hours. Reasonable travel expenses and previously agreed out of pocket expenses are paid.
Working with adults with a learning disability at their committee run club. This club is run by individuals who attend the club, supported by volunteers. The individuals make decisions about how they wish the club to run. The club offers a wide range of activities for adults to choose from and we currently have over 50 people who regularly attend and we are looking for volunteers to offer choices of activities and support the adults where necessary to socialise and take part in activities. This club is based in South Wimbledon.
Volunteers will be needed Thursdays 6.30pm – 9.30pm. Volunteers for this project must be over the age of 18. Volunteers can do every week or every other week.
Volunteers for Evolutions Health and Fitness
Working with adults with a learning disability in a gym environment helping to promote their health and fitness. We are looking for volunteers with an interest in sport to encourage adults to work to and improve their fitness programmes in the gym, and also to take part and encourage in the multi sport activity which forms part of the session. Club is based in Mitcham.
Volunteers will be needed on Wednesdays from 6.45pm – 9.15pm. Volunteers for this project must be over the age of 18. Volunteers can do every week or every other week
Volunteers for Evolutions Monday’s and Friday’s
Working with adults with a learning disability in a social environment helping to promote independence, social skills building and general wellbeing. This is done by a mixture of trips in the community and centre based evenings which can vary from sport and leisure sessions, trips to London, cooking, people coming in to do talks or run session. All sessions are led by what the group wish to do. Clubs are based in Mitcham and in the community (Wimbledon meeting point).
Volunteers are needed to support when necessary but to socialize with the adults and help them to make informed decisions on things such as the activities they wish to do. Volunteers can do either the Monday or the Friday sessions (or both) Volunteers can do every week or every other week. Volunteers will be needed from 5.15pm – 8.45pm. Volunteers for this project must be over the age of 18.
Volunteers for Saturday Club (Children)
Working with children aged 5 -13 years old with a learning disability and other needs at our Saturday playscheme based in Morden. The club is looking for volunteers who are enthusiastic, willing to learn and who can set up and run activities in small groups. We are also looking for people who might be interested in swimming with the children in the school on site for part of the day.
The day for volunteers is Saturdays 9.30 – 4.30 which includes time getting the project ready and tidying away at the end of the day. Volunteers can do every week or every other week.
Swimming Volunteers for the Saturday Club (Children)
We are looking for confident and competent swimmers who are willing to support children 5- 13 yrs olds in the water during part of our Saturday Playscheme in Morden. The children we support need 1:1 support when in the water.
We would want volunteers to work alongside our staff in the mornings to get to know the children and to assist the staff in preparing the children to swim, the accompanying the children in the water to allow them to have a fun swimming session.
We would want volunteers to be part of the team in the mornings and be available until after the swimming session. The hours for this are Saturdays 9.30am – 1.00pm
Volunteers can do every week or every other week.
Volunteer for Buddies Groups
Working with young people aged 13 – 18 in the local community meeting and finishing in Wimbledon. Buddies runs every Saturday and also adhoc days during the school holidays. We are looking for volunteers who can work on Saturdays mainly at the moment to act as peers, to chat and get involved with the group and activities and ensure the safety of the young people we support when out in the community. The aim of the group is to allow individuals to visit local mainstream activities which their non-disabled peer would do. Activities would be such as cinema, bowling, sport activities, trips to London etc.
The day for volunteers is Saturdays 1.15pm – 5.45pm which includes time getting ready for the trip and feedback sessions at the end of the day. Volunteers can do every week or every other week.
Volunteers for Facilitated Play @ The Adventure Playground
We are looking for fantastic fun volunteers to act as ‘play buddies’ at the Adventure Playground in Mitcham on Sunday mornings. The adventure playground is open to all children and young people with a disability and their families. Parents are responsible for their children; however we are responsible for providing the fun! We are looking for volunteers who can be creative and get children and young people involved in activities which can include games, art and craft, sports and much more. There is a huge outdoor play structure which challenges children and young people to take controlled risks as well as a sensory room, sandpit, bikes, table tennis table and much more. Club is based in Mitcham.
Volunteers will be needed on Sundays from 9.30am – 1.30pm which includes getting the project ready and tidying away at the end of the day. Volunteers can do every week or every other week.
Volunteers for Going out Club
Volunteers needed for our project working with young people aged 16 – 25 meeting in Wimbledon. The group meet weekly during term time and we are looking for volunteers to support activities the group attend these vary from sport activities, local trips out, meals out and trips to London.
Volunteers will be needed on Wednesdays from 6.15pm – 9.30pm meeting the group in Wimbledon and supporting the young people with travelling out to fun and exciting activities. Volunteers can do every week or every other week.