Become a virtual volunteer for Luv2MeetU

There is an exciting new opportunity to become a virtual volunteer for Luv2MeetU working with our Virtual Coordinator Kit to run an innovative and comprehensive service for our adults with learning disabilities and /or autism.

Can you run a drama workshop, music event, gaming session or quiz on-line? Or another workshop/event with your own unique skills and interests?

Here at Luv2MeetU, Kit is developing a full and varied programme of virtual events for our club members to access nationwide. They go on round the world tours, sing their hearts out at karaoke and have discussion groups to name but a few! There will also be workshops to provide learning and life skills such as first aid and on-line safety.

Could you give one slot a week or month to run your own virtual activity to provide the people we support with an ever growing rich and varied on-line experience? It is especially important and invaluable to those struggling with anxiety, mobility issues or illness for example. It gives them a chance to still join in a social setting, communicate and to feel part of a community.

About you

You just need to be confident, organised, able to communicate well and be patient and understanding. Some knowledge of adults with learning disabilities and/or autism would be helpful but not essential. To be able to have fun!

As a volunteer you will receive training, free DBS, expenses paid and invaluable experience and skills to add to your CV. You will meet other volunteers and become part of a nation-wide team of volunteers helping our club members to access social events, reach their potential and to feel included, an incredibly rewarding experience.

All our events are designed to be all inclusive as we are working with adults with special needs so a volunteer with a disability requirement should not have an issue. If there was we would accommodate this straight away and work with the volunteer to resolve any issues.

All volunteers would have support from our community coordinator and volunteer coordinator, emergency numbers and details. They would have links to other volunteers to share ideas, experiences, problems.

About Luv2meetU

Luv2meetU is a Community Interest Company (CIC), run by and for people with learning disabilities and or autism. Our main aim is to ensure that everything we do is about providing better opportunities and activities for our club members in response to their needs and wishes.

Luv2MeetU works with adults with learning disabilities and /or autism. We run events and workshops that provide our club members with social activities, new experiences and learning opportunities. Examples of previous events include climbing, bowling, alpaca trekking and a relationship workshop. There is a community coordinator that you would be working with, either helping them on events which would allow greater numbers or running your own event, with a friend maybe, taking a group to the cinema or for a meal out for example. We want to give our adults an enriched and varied life whilst promoting independence, learning and well-being.

We are looking for volunteers to either help our community coordinator on events or run their own events, after training, with the adults that we support. You could sign up with a friend or family member, train together and then take our club members to the cinema, meal out or bowling once a month or how ever often you had time for. Design your own event, liaise with the coordinator who will write it into the next flyer and provide all the details you need. Expenses are paid, you’d be doing something hugely rewarding, giving an invaluable service to the community and enriching your own experiences and CV.

NHS Trusts recruiting in Mental Health, Learning Disability and Autism

NHS Trusts in West Yorkshire are recruiting people to a range of roles in Mental Health, Learning Disability and Autism

West Yorkshire Mental Health NHS Collaborative Recruitment Day
(Register : vfairs.com)

30 June 2022 11am – 7pm

Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust, Leeds & Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and the South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust have announced they will be jointly delivering a virtual careers fair.  The event is being supported by the West Yorkshire Health and Care Partnership and a wide range of external partners who work in the field of mental health, learning disabilities and autism.

The free online event will be delivered on 30 June 2022 11am – 7pm.

Job seekers and volunteer applicants can register here: West Yorkshire Mental Health NHS Collaborative Recruitment Day (vfairs.com).

The event will provide people looking for jobs and volunteering roles with and exciting opportunity to:

  • find out about the wide range of jobs on offer
  • hear directly from Trust staff about what it is like to work in mental health, autism and learning disability roles
  • apply on the day for jobs and volunteering roles.

People can attend the event conveniently from any location as it will be accessible through mobile devices.

There will be a range of current open positions available through the virtual career fair, including both clinical and non-clinical roles, at a range of salary levels.  The event programme also includes seminars, aimed at the graduate and college leavers audience.

Interested candidates, or those who know of potential candidates are also invited to register for the event and refer other professionals within this space.

Rob Webster, CEO-Designate, West Yorkshire Health and Care Partnership commented:

“I am pleased we are supporting this event and encouraging people to work in three fantastic local organisations. We recognise that in the post Covid-19 pandemic climate, people are looking for opportunities to change and progress their careers and the NHS offers a multitude of roles and opportunities. West Yorkshire is also a vibrant and diverse area to live and work. Whether starting your career or seeking to lead in our system, there is something for everyone.

 Greg Moores, Chief People Officer, South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust commented:

“This event is a fantastic opportunity for us to reach and recruit people who would like to work in the interesting and rewarding field of mental health, autism and learning disabilities.  As people continue to work remotely, the virtual fair is a convenient way for job seekers to find out more about available roles.”

 Muhammad Younas, CEO of vFairs commented:

“We are very happy to supply the technology that will help drive meaningful work that supports the community in West Yorkshire. We look forward to seeing all the wonderful outcomes that this event produces.  If your organisation is interested in working with us, please visit: www.vfairs.com ”

Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Specific Learning Difficulties

This offer is only available to residents of Halifax or Bradford

The purpose of this qualification is to equip learners with the knowledge of different Specific Learning Difficulties, how they are diagnosed and how individuals can be supported. The qualification can be used by a wide range of learners looking to improve their knowledge and awareness in this subject area, including those working within healthcare, social care and education contexts. The qualification is also suitable for teaching staff, care staff or anyone looking to build their knowledge of dyslexia and other learning difficulties.

Experience in the workplaceLearners do not need to be working or undertaking practical placements to take this qualification.

Units Covered:

  • Understand Specific Learning Difficulties
  • Understand the effects of Specific Learning Difficulties
  • Understand the diagnosis of Specific Learning Difficulties
  • Understanding supporting individuals with Specific Learning Difficulties
  • Understand the context of Specific Learning Difficulties

Progression Options:

Learners who achieve this qualification could progress to:

  • Level 2 Certificate in Principles of Working with Individuals with Learning Disabilities
  • Level 2 Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adults) for England
  • Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Autism
  • Level 2 and 3 qualifications in Supporting Individuals with Learning Disabilities
  • Level 2 and 3 Certificates in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools
  • Level 2 and 3 Diploma for the Children and Young People’s Workforce
  • Level 3 Award in Supporting Children and Young People’s Speech, Language and Communication.

Course Delivery: Online via Microsoft Teams

Learning Lesson One: Tuesday 19th April 2022  – 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Learning Lesson Two: Tuesday 3rd May 2022 – 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Eligibility:

  • Candidates need to be 19 or older as of 31st August 2021
  • Unemployed or working 16 hrs or less
  • Not in education
  • Right to live and work in UK
  • You must live in the Halifax or Bradford Area.

Dental Hygiene session for people with Learning Difficulties

You are invited to a short session around Dental Hygiene for people with learning disabilities.

Come and learn how to keep your teeth clean and avoid dental treatment.

The session takes place on

Wednesday 16rh February from 10.30am – 12.00pm at

Calderdale Adult Learning

To book and for further information contact

info@leadthewaycalderdale.org or 0300 012 0146

Magpies Open Days Feb 24 and Feb 28

 

We are pleased to invite you to our open days. This is a fantastic opportunity to discover what we offer, take a tour of our centre, find out about our new sensory room and meet our friendly team. There will also be refreshments.

Events details on the Magpies facebook page

We are holding an open day for potential new members, parents and carers on Thursday, 24th February. Drop in any time between 10am and 3pm.We are also holding a separate open day aimed at professionals, such as social workers, teachers and health workers, who would like to find out more about us to help with referrals. This will take place on Monday, 28th February. Drop in any time between 8.30am and 4pm.There is no need to book for either event.Magpies is based at Unit 15, Calderdale Business Park, Ovenden, Halifax, HX2 8DB.If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch.We will look forward to meeting you! Best wishes,Magpies

Build a better future at Skillshop Ltd

Skillshop Ltd is a registered charity and company limited by guarantee and its aim is to provide specialised training for adults with learning disabilities in a caring environment and as well as the opportunity for people with learning difficulties and disabilities to develop life skills, Skillshop Ltd also provides:

  • The opportunity to develop and improve numeracy and literacy skills.
  • Opportunity to develop woodwork skills.
  • IT sessions where clients can learn basic computer skills.
  • Training in basic kitchen skills and hygiene, baking, preparing meals and drinks.
  • Fully qualified staff with many years’ experience of life, industry and education.
  • Social opportunities outside working hours with the Saturday Club, Diners’ Club, Bowling Nights, visits to the theatre etc.
  • A practical course in Healthy Living and Personal Hygiene issues. Experience in various aspects of art.
  • A welcoming, happy and caring environment where clients can feel comfortable and safe.

The objectives of Skillshop Ltd are to improve people’s self-esteem, confidence and personal development and to break down social isolation, giving people more fulfilling lives so they are less reliant on staff and will have developed some independent social networks and friendships.

For further information visit www.skillshop.org.uk or email office@skillshop.org.uk

Your Life, Your Choice event at Threeways

Healthwatch_Calderdale_logoGo along to Threeways Centre on Saturday 20 June 2015 to attend an event for adults with Learning Disabilities about the support available in Calderdale.

The event will take place from 10am to 3pm and will include:

  • Information Stalls about local services
  • Workshops
  • And much more!

To find out more or register your interest for this event, please call 01422 431099 or email info@healthwatchcalderdale.co.uk