Gateway Award Volunteer

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Hours: 10am -2.30pm, one day a week (tues, weds, thurs or fri)

Commitment: Min. 6 months

Work base: Office and out in the community (Wirral)


The Gateway Award is an accessible Awards programme, specifically designed for people with a learning disability. The programme enables people to reach goals in various areas of their lives including independence, health and leisure as well as volunteering. It is similar in structure to the Duke of Edinburgh Award with bronze, silver and gold levels. Participants achieve their awards by participating in a wide range of activities throughout the year. We start and finish the day at our offices but most activities take place in the community. 


Volunteer Requirements

The volunteer Gateway Award Support Worker should have the following characteristics:

  • An understanding of the commons barriers facing people with a learning disability when trying to lead a fulfilled life
  • A team player, but able to use initiative
  • Ability to use a variety of communication and listening skills
  • Ability to build relationships with people with different abilities and backgrounds
  • Passionate about supporting individuals to achieve their own full potential
  • Patient, empathetic and motivating

Wirral Mencap is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of their beneficiaries, and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment

This post is subject to an enhanced criminal records check.


Training and supervision

Volunteer Gateway Award Support Worker will attend 2 x two-hour training sessions where they will learn about:

  • Learning Disability Awareness
  • Wirral Mencap – who we are, what we do, why we do it and how we do it
  • Volunteer roles
  • Safeguarding Adults
  • Mental Capacity Act overview and guidelines
  • Confidentiality
  • Healthy risk and boundaries

Day to day the volunteer will be supervised by the Programme Coordinator and may also request more formal supervision from the Projects Manager when needed.  

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Required Role

Gateway Award Volunteer

Key responsibilities

• Motivating people with a learning disability to participate in a range of activities to develop their fitness, lifestyle skills, hobbies and access to the community • Encouraging participants to try new things and to achieve as much as they possibly can during sessions, ensuring they are reaching full potential • Ensuring the welfare and safety of participants by following Wirral Mencap policies and procedures • Supporting the delivery of in-house activities (arts and crafts/ cookery) as directed by Wirral Mencap staff. • Working alongside the Wirral Mencap staff to ensure that all participants are reaching the desired outcomes as set by the Gateway Award and Wirral Mencap • Being enthusiastic, and fun!

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  • Non-discriminatory
  • Non-judgemental
  • Positive attitude

Desirable Skills

  • Initiative
  • Interpersonal
  • Listening
  • Mentoring and counselling
  • Practical
  • Problem solving
  • Team Work

Skill to gain

  • Confidence
  • Initiative
  • Interpersonal
  • Listening
  • Mentoring and counselling
  • Non-discriminatory
  • Non-judgemental
  • Positive attitude
  • Practical
  • Problem solving
  • Team Work

When can you do this role/Calendar

Minimum commitment level: Once a week

Start Date: 27-09-2019

Start Time: 10:00 AM

End Time: 02:30 PM

  2. Monday
  3. Tuesday
  4. Wednesday
  5. Thursday
  6. Friday
  7. Saturday
  8. Sunday
  2. MORNING monday
  3. MORNING tuesday
  4. MORNING wednesday
  5. MORNING thursday
  6. MORNING friday
  7. MORNING saturday
  8. MORNING sunday
  2. AFTERNOON monday
  3. AFTERNOON tuesday
  4. AFTERNOON wednesday
  5. AFTERNOON thursday
  6. AFTERNOON friday
  7. AFTERNOON saturday
  8. AFTERNOON sunday
  2. EVENING monday
  3. EVENING tuesday
  4. EVENING wednesday
  5. EVENING thursday
  6. EVENING friday
  7. EVENING saturday
  8. EVENING sunday


Market St, Birkenhead CH41 5BT, UK

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  • You need to have an active account on this website
  • You need to have an active volunteering account
  • You need to have fully completed the volunteering profile set-up