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Job title:Volunteer/ Swimming Support in Waltham Forest
Job ref:Swim
Job type:Part-time
Date posted:12th December 2019
Closing date:31st March 2020
Location:Waltham Forest
Number of positions:1
Job description:

The Drive is located in Chingford, approximately 5mins walk from Chingford train station. The Drive is a Learning Disability and Autism Spectrum service which houses 5 residents.

We are looking for an enthusiastic and patient male volunteer to support a young man out in the community for swimming sessions twice a week with a permanent staff member (Tuesdays and Fridays).

The service requires someone who can go in the water with the individual during his swimming activity at the local leisure centre. This individual’s stimulation and sensory satisfaction will be enhanced by having someone in the water with him who can help with simple activities such as stretching of the feet and arms, belly floating, etc.  

The individual is 23 years old and has learning disabilities, Autism and ADHD. He loves being outdoors and out and about.

Applicants with swimming skills highly encouraged to apply.

This role is Part-time - 6 hours per week. 14:30 – 17:30 (Tuesdays and Fridays).

About us

Outward is a registered charity, part of The Newlon Group, set up in Waltham Forest in 1975 by a group of parents who were keen for their children with learning disabilities to live their lives outside of institutional care; ‘out of the wards’.

We provide care and support services across North, East and South London to give vulnerable people better choices and greater independence. These include:

  • Young people who have experienced street homelessness
  • Young people in housing need, including those leaving care
  • Older people who need support and care
  • People with learning disabilities
  • People with autism spectrum disorder
  • People with mental health issues

We employ over 450 staff and support over 1000 vulnerable adults within their communities. We are committed to providing quality care and support to those who need it. Everything we do is underpinned by a core philosophy of tailoring support to meet individual need.

Outward is an Investors in Volunteers accredited organisation and this means that we meet national standards around involving volunteers in our organisation. We recognise the valuable contribution that volunteers make to Outward and work hard to ensure volunteers receive high-quality support in their placements.


Regular support from an on-site Volunteer Supervisor and the Volunteer Manager.

Quarterly volunteer forums and volunteer celebration events.

Reimbursement of travel expenses (£5 cap per day) and lunch expenses if volunteering for over 5 hours.


Substantial and specific training around social care and the specific needs of the people you are volunteering with.

Opportunities to progress within Outward.

Contract hours:
How to apply:Please email or call 07584311547 for more information.