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Special Olympics club volunteer

Support disabled adults to join in a range of sports and activities. Help people stay fit and healthy!
Sawston, CB22 3EE
The group meets Thursdays 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Agreed in advance expenses reimbursed

Our ‘Opportunities Without Limits’ (OWL) centre, located in Sawston near Cambridge, works predominantly with adults with learning disabilities to help them gain life, work and leisure skills.We have a group that meets every week to explore some of the different types of competitions that are held in the Special Olympics. The group meets Thursdays 2:00pm – 3:00pmIdeally, we hope to attract experts from the different competitions come and share their knowledge with the group. We will also be working on completing a walking challenge.At the moment we just have the tutor running the session and no additional support for those who might require extra explanation or encouragement to full join in.We would like you to provide those clients who need it with additional support to help them to participate activities and get the most out of the session.Your will help people develop their confidence and healthy living skills.Key tasks:

  • Assist clients with participating in activities set by the session leader.
  • Depending on the group size and requirements you may be asked to either support people on a one-to-one basis or help oversee a small group.
  • Support clients of varying abilities to complete tasks set by the tutor.
  • Inspire customers to do the very best they can with every activity.
  • Encourage clients to express themselves and to interact well with others.
  • Reassure and support clients to remain safe if they need time away from the group.
  • Assist with setting up and packing away at the start and end of the session.

Personal qualities required:

  • Good communication skills - verbal and non-verbal
  • Friendly and approachable
  • Supportive
  • Inclusive
  • Patient
  • Enthusiastic
  • Reliable
  • Work well in a team environment
  • Able to follow instruction
  • Physically able to assist with the activities

• Volunteers do not need to have specific knowledge of the Special Olympics events, but an enthusiasm for sports would be beneficial.

Benefits of volunteering:

  • Become part of a passionate and supportive team.
  • Help make a real difference to the lives of disabled and disadvantaged people.
  • Gain new experiences and develop skills and confidence.
  • Meet new people.
  • Spend your time doing something that is worthwhile and rewarding
  • Day to day support from a designated member of staff
  • Have fun!

How to apply:

Please download and complete the Volunteer Application form and the Diversity and Equality form on the left hand side of this page.

Then email your forms to, or post them to: FREEPOST RRXK-CTTT-KELH, Volunteer Co-ordinator, Papworth Trust, Papworth Everard, Cambridgeshire, CB23 3RG

For more information please see our FAQs for volunteers or call the team on 01480 357 292.