We offer you a great opportunity to volunteer from 4 to up to 12 months in Great Britain and work in Independent Living Alternatives, which enables disabled people to live independently  by providing a range of support  including personal care such as going to the toilet or bathing  and practical  support  such as shopping and cooking. Volunteering  with ILA is an opportunity to:

- Gain a unique perspective on disability  issues224375_207823439249610_1661197_n

- learn more about  independent living

- Experience living in London

- Meet new people and make new friends from across the world

Work:  Volunteers  support  a disabled  person  to  live independently.  This  will include  personal  care:  toilet,  bath/wash; dressing;  feeding; and  practical  sup- port:  cooking, cleaning, shopping; reading;  writing plus activities  such as going to the cinema; theatre;  galleries; etc.  A volunteer  usually works a rota of : week one: Monday Tuesday  Friday  Saturday  Sunday week two Wednesday  Thursday.

When working the volunteer will eat and go to bed and have down time but is on call just in case the disabled person needs them.  Some placements  the volunteer might be expected to come and go that  is on their shift they work from 7am-1pm and 5pm-9pm and 1am-3am.  The volunteer will have an opportunity to read the disabled  persons profile before they  agree to work on the placement (before we issue a COS)  and  this  information  is communicated  to  each PA  so they  know what to expect before they come.

Requirements: You need to have:

  • A willingness to learn
  • Common sense
  • 4 months+ to spare
  • NO experience is necessary

Volunteers  are  great  communicators,   have  lots  of patience,  excellent listening skills and  are  able  to  follow instructions  to  do what  the  disabled  person  asks them to.

Food: When working food is often provided  to the volunteer  but  they  also re- ceive a food allowance for when they  are not  working.  We can cater  for most diets.

Accommodation: When working the volunteers live in the home of the disabled person for the  whole shift & then  spends their  time off in volunteer  accommodation.The accommodation  is either  a  shared  house  or flat  with  other  volunteers.They  usually have their own room.

Pocket money: 68 GBP per month

Insurance: VOLUNTEERS  MUST HAVE APPROPRIATE HEALTH INSURANCE, ARRANGED  EITHER  THROUGH  THE  SCI SENDING ORGANISATION OR INDEPENDENTLY. PROOF  IS REQUIRED: WITHOUT THIS VOLUNTEERS  WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. Separate  travel  insurance will be also required.

Fees:  None

Visa:  IVS will issue a certificate  of sponsorship  for anyone  living outside  the EEU and who requires an entry  visa. Details of how to do this are given to each volunteer by IVS. Please check your countries requirements  for living and working in the UK.

Others: ILA will provide up to GBP 100  as a travel  allowance to the  UK and from the UK. PAs are entitled  to a holiday of 1 week at 4 months  (if staying for 6 months);  4 and  8 months  (if staying  10 months)  and  4, 8 and  10 (if staying 12 months).   Volunteers  receive on-site training  with  the  disabled  person;  they undertake ILAs training  online (often before they come to the UK) and also the Care Certificate  and first aid training.

If you are interested in applying for the project, please fill-in the application form and send it to Natalia longterm@cvs-bg.org!

Good luck!

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