Volunteering at The Hive


Volunteers are central to the work we do at The Hive.

It is their passion and never-ending support that allows us to provide the services that we offer!


 




Trevor, Annie and Anne"I enjoy helping at The Hive. Everyone is very happy, and they are always pleased to see you, which makes it all worthwhile. Long may it continue to be a safe and happy place."

 



Drop-In

Based in Kingswood, our drop-in volunteers assist in providing a range of activities for members to be involved in. Each session is 2-4 hours long and provides a safe space for our members to socialise and engage with various activities. On hand we have a pool table, sensory room, games room, Wii, and an arts and crafts room.


Job role:

- support individuals to access activities

- help facilitate arts and crafts, quizzes, bingo and/or other games and activities

- encourage independence and social skills amongst members

- assist in the provision of refreshments (we have a small kitchen to serve lunches, teas, coffees, and snacks)

 



Training Support Volunteer

We are on the lookout for Training Support Volunteers to assist our Impact Project Manager, Dominic Box, in planning and running a wide range of life-skills workshops and/or acting as support to the individuals attending such events. More information about our Impact Projects can be found here.


Job role:
- Facilitate/assist in the facilitation of workshops
- Manage workshop activities, games, and discussions on a one-to-one or group basis
- support individuals to ensure training is fully accessible
- help to set up and clear up the sessions
- make/serve refreshments at the break

 



Activity Volunteer

In addition to our drop-in, we run activity sessions on the mornings of Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, and have The Hive Hangout once a month on a Monday evening. The volunteers at these sessions assist in the facilitation of activities as they do at our drop-in, ensuring that activities are accessible to all members who wish to participate. Each session is planned by a member of staff who is always present to run the session. As with the drop-in we ask volunteers to arrive slightly before and stay for a bit after each session to help prepare and to clean up. The job role itself aligns with that of the drop-in, though the activities will be specific to the relevant session (pottery, music, drama). Details of what goes on at each of these sessions can be found on our 'What We Do' page.


Session Times:
Monday morning pottery: 10:30am-12pm
Tuesday morning music: 10:30am-12pm
Wednesday morning drama: 10:30am-12pm
Hive Hangouts are on the second Monday of the month: 7pm-9:30pm

Hive Discos one Tuesday a month: 7pm-9:30pm

 

 



Volunteers receive initial induction and awareness training for working with adults with a  learning disability and/or autism, as well as ongoing training and support throughout their time with us.


Full liability insurance is in place. Mileage and other out-of-pocket expenses can be claimed. A work record will be kept for each volunteer so that the position will provide them with good position references.


Social events, such as skittles nights, are regularly held for volunteers and staff.