IHC’s volunteer friendship programme is about making a positive change in someone’s life and gaining a new friend in the process. It is about spending time doing what you want to do, when you want to do it, with a person with an intellectual disability.
The relationship is one-to-one. This means you spend time with only one person, so you both to get to know each other.
You and the person with the intellectual disability choose how you spend your time. It could be taking the dog for a walk, seeing a movie, or going to a café for a coffee.
It is not time specific. There is choice. There is flexibility. The emphasis is on being out in the community having fun – together.
IHC’s unique one-to-one friendship programme has expanded to include skill-based volunteering. These are shorter, focused projects based on goals the person wants to achieve.
You work one-to-one with a person with an intellectual disability to develop a specific skill, or achieve a specific goal. You set the time commitment to fit the project.
Who can volunteer for IHC?
IHC is on the look-out for people like you. We welcome applicants age 17 and over, from all walks of life, who have a clean police record, a warm heart and big desire to support others.
We offer a full induction and orientation programme for new volunteers. We also provide ongoing training with specific emphasis on understanding intellectual disability, communication and first aid.
Find out more
Thank you for your interest in volunteering with IHC. You can:
Register your interest using our volunteering online contact form.
Contact your local IHC Association to find out about volunteering in your local area.
Call us toll free on 0800 442 442, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Read our Volunteering FAQs here
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