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Drama class support volunteer - providing support to adults with learning disabilities

Get creative and share your enthusiasm for drama at our friendly centre for adults with disabilities
Sawston, CB22 3EE
Thursdays 11:45am – 1:00pm
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.Our drama club meets Thursdays 11:45am – 1:00pm and we be explore different acting techniques.They will be acting out some scenes from famous films and plays. They will also act out several acts from plays created by Plai theatre and from their own imaginations.We will be working towards creating a 10 minute performance piece to perform for an audience in January / February. We will also be exploring mask and puppetry.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.You assistance will help people develop their confidence and performance 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 drama performances
  • Volunteers do not need to have any drama experience – but it would be helpful to have an outgoing and creative personality.

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.