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Championing for people with learning disabilities.

  • Challenge organisations to adapt their volunteering roles to be suitable for somone with a learning disability
  • Offer training, support, and mentoring that sets everyone up for success
  • Provide disability confidence training to organisations

We also run Social Action Groups which bring the following benefits:

  • Make social connections, learn about voluntary organisations and make decisions about activities, days out or training you would like to do
  • Arrange the fun days out, activities, events and training. These have included Longleat, ten-pin bowling, discoes, cooking, beach trips, photography, picnics to name a few
  • Choose a person with learning disabilites to take the lead in their area
  • Collaborate with othe rorganisations
  • Signpost people to other servies and support
  • Use the groups as a platform for other organisations to speak to the group about their work

Please use the buttons below to either:

  1. Register (for the first time only) and then Login as a volunteer
  2. Find out about the Social Action Groups
  3. Visit our photo gallery
  4. Complete a referral for someone with a learning disability


Once you have registered as a volunteer, please find the Community Credit Volunteering Opportunity and Apply. If you need any assistance with using the platform, please give us a call on 01305 269214.

After you have applied to the Community Credit Volunteering Opportunity, or if a referral has been made, Siobhan will be in contact to make an appointment with you to discuss the roles available. This appointment could be over the phone or face-to-face. The appointment will allow Siobhan to see what strengths you have and find an appropriate volunteering activity for you.

Contact us

For more information please contact [email protected] or call us on 01305 269214.


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Volunteer Mentor

A Mentor is someone who will offer support to a Volunteer with Learning Disabilities, they can help during the Volunteering Role and for as long as needed.

Volunteer Centre Dorset offer full training to anyone wishing to become a Mentor, including Autism Awareness Training.

Volunteer Befriender 

A Befriender is someone who helps a Volunteer with Learning Disabilities socialise locally. This could be something as simple as going for a walk or having a coffee together. Befriender’s also attend different Volunteering roles with the Learning Disability Volunteer to give them a taste, until they feel confident enough to go alone.

Befrienders can also help plan ahead and set goals.

If you have a Learning Disability, you can also become a Befriender with the right knowledge, help and support.

Volunteer Facilitator

A Facilitator is required to organise and lead Social/Action Groups. They help signpost Volunteers with Learning Disabilities to find activities locally.

Volunteer Ambassador

An Ambassador is someone with a Learning Disability who is available to help Facilitator’s organise events, put up posters, inform the group and organise days.

Here are a few ideas of activities our current Facilitators and Ambassadors have set up:

  • Crazy Golf

  • Litter Picks on the beach

  • Arts and Crafts sessions

  • Picnics in the park

  • Bowling

  • High Teas and BBQ’s



Volunteer Centre Dorset are thankful for the support from:

Dorset County Council
National Lottery Fund