Carlisle MENCAP provides life long person centred support for people with learning disabilities and their families in North Cumbria.
We are a local charity set up in 1968 we have over 150 members and provide services for over 300 people with learning disabilities and their families. Our services include residential respite care for adults at California House and for Children at the Grace Little Centre, children’s home based respite, community support, young people’s clubs and holidays, family support workers for young people with autism, holidays, leisure activities and befriending.
We always need volunteers even part time ones, we work flexibly and provide the necessary training.
The main services we need volunteers in are:
Our shop on St Cuthberts Lane, Carlisle. The shop is staffed by our clients with support put in by our team. We have a warehouse where we sort items which have been donated to take to the main shop. We sell clothes, books, bric-a-brac and more!
We need volunteers who can commit regularly to help our clients run their shop.
Carlisle Active is a group of 30 Adults with learning disabilities who meet on a monthly basis to do leisure activities. The group is staffed by volunteers and organised by Angela Beale. Examples of activities are walking and trips out. This group acts as a befriending service for people.
Carlisle Active need volunteers who are available to go on day trips on one Sunday a month.
We run holidays for adults, to Center Parcs, Blackpool, Calvert Trust and a Summer Sun holiday every year. Each one is staffed by volunteers and organised by Angela Beale. The holidays provide an opportunity for disabled adults to go on holiday with their peers and to experience new things with the correct level of support.
To volunteer to go on holiday you will need to be willing to give up a long weekend or week of your time.
We run many different children’s clubs, sports clubs, theatre arts clubs, general social clubs, trips out, adventure holidays and more!! We support children with disabilities to take part in different activities try new things and interact with their peers in a safe supported environment.
We welcome volunteers to put on special activities as well as supporting the young people as a group.
We are always looking for Mini-bus drivers. All of our services require drivers at some point.
For more information contact Carlisle MENCAP on 01228 674 393 or firstname.lastname@example.org
As a volunteer you will need to undergo Safeguarding Adults at Risk training and Safeguarding Children training, come to meet us for an informal interview and have a DBS check.