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ABOUT US

Our Vision
Our vision is for a better world, social justice and equality of opportunity for people with learning disabilities.

Mission
Our mission is to support and work with people who have learning disabilities. Our aim is to provide services and support that help people with learning disabilities build connections, have happy and independent lives, and have fun.

Values
Our values of trust, care, choice and opportunity reflect our history and have been developed in consultation with our staff, service users and trustees. These values are embedded into the mission, vision and overall aim and objectives of the organisation and all our projects.







To achieve a better world, social justice and equal opportunities, we work in partnership with learning disabled people. This is because people with learning disabilities have the answers to transform society’s attitude towards disability.






OUR SERVICES

People with learning disabilities face many challenges. The impact of reduced government spending and changes in policy which are having an impact at local level.
To represent the voice of people with learning disabilities we deliver services such as one to one community advocacy, care act advocacy and health advocacy. We have user lead consultation groups and specialist advocacy for parents with learning disabilities. Along with sports activities for people to exercise, meet people, learn new skills and have fun.







OUR HISTORY

It all began in 1916. At the age of 45, Elfrida Rathbone began teaching in Kings Cross at a special kindergarten started by her cousin, for children deemed ‘uneducable’.


Throughout the years The Elfrida Society, initially known as Elfrida Rathbone Islington, has continued to build on Elfrida’s work with people with learning disabilities, which it continues to do today. The Elfrida Society has a strong record of campaigning for inclusivity and against injustice, and has a cherished community base which provides a range of services for its beneficiaries and its aims are to continue and expand its work.

Donate/Support our Work – in such a difficult an uncertain economic climate your invaluable support is ever more crucial to be able to sustain our services and continue to support people with learning disabilities. You can help us by: Making a regular or one off gift-aided donation to our organisation; donating your time to volunteer or organising a fundraising event/sponsored event. To find out more contact us on elfrida@elfrida.com







Contact Us

Monday to Friday 9:30am to 5:30pm

Tel: 0207 359 7443
Email: elfrida@elfrida.com
Address: The Elfrida Society, 34 Islington Park Street, N1 1PX

Email:
Ali.F.Jabeen@elfrida.com - for enquiries about our parents’ advocacy
Marcus.Muir@elfrida.com – for enquiries about our advocacy and sports projects
Adelle.Havard@elfrida.com – for enquiries about our user lead consultation projects

If you want to drop in to see us, please phone, email or write to us to make an appointment.


VACANCIES

Volunteering with The Elfrida Society is your opportunity to help us achieve our vision for a better world, social justice and equality of opportunity for people with learning disabilities, and to develop your skills, meet new people and be part of a passionate and dedicated team.

Benefits of volunteering for us:
Relevant training and induction to the service and volunteer role
To feel fully supported in your role
The opportunity to learn new skills
To feel appreciated and valued for my contribution
Travel and activity costs reimbursed within agreed limits
The opportunity to meet new people and be part of a diverse team







CURRENT VACANCIES


Sports Volunteer

Are you enthusiastic about sport? We are looking for volunteers to join our team to help run the sports groups.

The Sports Project provides sports and physical activities for people with learning disabilities to improve their health and wellbeing. Sport helps to increase confidence and life skills, broaden social networks and create opportunities in the wider community. Our goal is for individuals to develop leadership skills and for groups to become self-sustaining.

We are looking for a couple of volunteers to support the group on a Tuesday and/or Friday afternoon, and we also have activities on Sundays if you are interested.

Applicants must be:
- Over 16 years of age
- Friendly and approachable
- Good at communicating and listening
- Able to volunteer for 2 - 4 hours on a weekly, fortnightly or monthly basis.

Please note we will need to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check for all successful applicants.

Please click here for more information about the role.

Click here to apply. Please complete the form and email it to elfrida@elfrida.com.



Parents Project Volunteer Advocate

Do you have some time to spare and a commitment to working and supporting people with learning disabilities? We are looking for volunteers to join our team to help run group sessions and offer advocacy support.

The Parents Project works with parents with learning disabilities and learning difficulties. Parents with learning disabilities want to improve their parenting skills as well as to learn about working with schools, how to recognise medical needs for their children and understand social worker concerns. The aim is to increase confidence in communicating theirs and their children’s needs.

Peer support groups offer parents with LD’s the opportunity to discuss ways to broaden their support networks and create opportunities to support theirs and their children's economic development.

We are looking for a couple of volunteers to support group facilitation and to offer one to one advocacy support.

Applicants must be:
- Over 18 years of age
- Friendly and approachable
- Good at communicating and listening
- Able to volunteer for 2 - 4 hours on a weekly, fortnightly or monthly basis.

Please note we will need to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check for all successful applicants.

Please click here for more information about the role.

Click here to apply. Please complete the form and email it to elfrida@elfrida.com.



Consultation Services Manager

The aim of this post is to oversee the consultation work at The Elfrida Society. This includes providing direct support, facilitation and management to a team of people with learning difficulties and disabilities to monitor and quality review statutory service provision for people with learning disabilities to improve services, drive change and best practice.

This is an exciting opportunity to join our team and help shape services for people with learning liabilities and ensure that people’s interactions with the organisation are the best they can be.

The ideal candidate will have an understanding of the key issues affecting people with learning disabilities or vulnerabilities and a proven track record of developing and managing advice and / or advocacy services, or other front-line services which involved responsibility for safeguarding and ensuring the highest quality provision.

The Elfrida Society employee benefits include 3% pension contribution and generous annual leave entitlement. We also offer staff excellent training and development opportunities.

Closing date: 23 January 2020

Interviews will be held: Thursday 30 January 2020 This post is subject to satisfactory references and an Enhanced DBS check.

Please click here for more information about the role.

Click here to apply. Please complete the form and email it to elfrida@elfrida.com.







WORK FOR US

The Elfrida Society has supported people with learning disabilities in Islington since 1919. We are a local charity well established and respected in our borough delivering a range of services with a focus on pioneering work which challenges attitudes towards people with learning difficulties and influences local and national policy. Our mission is ‘to make it possible for people with learning difficulties to manage as much of their lives as they want or feel able to do’.

Elfrida is an organisation with a vision for a better world, social justice and equality of opportunity. Working alongside people, that we support, we provide a range of services through our four main projects; Advocacy, Consultation, Parents and Sports.

We provide services that lead to good outcomes and that are based on what people with a learning disability (in some cases accompanied by autism), have told us are most important to them:
- 'Rights and being in control'
- 'Housing and Home'
- 'Money'
- 'Work and getting involved'
- 'Learning and Growing'
- 'Wellbeing and Safety'
- 'Being included'

We believe in the talents and abilities of people with learning disabilities as unique individuals - as people first. We know that people with learning disabilities have much to contribute to society and our aim is to support them to do just that. Our work is informed by the social model of disability, underpinned by key legislation including the Human Rights Act 1998 and Equalities Act 2010.

A job at the Elfrida Society gives you the opportunity to:
- Work for a well-established learning disability charity located in the heart of London, trusted by the people we support
- Develop your skills, knowledge and awareness of best practice, working with people with learning disabilities
- Be part of a diverse, effective team, collaborating across projects and within the wider community through ongoing learning and development to ensure maximum impact of our work
- Contribute to reaching positive outcomes and towards scaling impact in the lives of people with a learning disability and/or learning difficulty
- Be part of making social inclusion a reality through empowering approaches towards the wellbeing of people with a learning disability and/or learning difficulty.