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The Elfrida Society (Elfrida) started its work with people with learning disabilities 100 years ago. Initially known as Elfrida Rathbone Islington, we continue to build on our work with people with learning disabilities, in Islington and surrounding boroughs, to this date. Throughout our long history The Elfrida Society has always been proud of its cherished community base and strong record of campaigning for inclusivity and against injustice. To ensure that people with learning disabilities have the same chances and opportunities to succeed in life and that their voice and rights are represented. We are particularly proud to be an accessible and accountable employer of people with learning disabilities. Currently our organisation is supported by a strong team of 22 staff, including 14 employees with learning disabilities and a dedicated team of volunteers.

There is no doubt that COVID-19 will change the charity sector landscape and we can already see the creation of ‘the new normal’ – we are ready for the challenge, we have the liquidity to survive and we have the plans to emerge from this challenge a more agile and impactful service. We are not complacent; we know we are a work in progress and most importantly we have the staff and Board of Trustees team who are eager to improve outputs and are ready for the challenge.








VOLUNTEER FOR US

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







Work For Us


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 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.




CURRENT PAID VACANCIES


Senior Operations Manager – One-year Fixed-Term Contract

We are looking to appoint a highly motivated individual to co-lead the development of our well-established and highly respected learning disabilities charity situated in Islington.

The ideal candidate will possess excellent communication skills, have a management background, be passionate, creative, and committed to the work of the charity.

Elfrida is about to embark on a refurbishment of its offices and service development project. This now presents a unique and exciting opportunity for the successful candidate to work with the Chief Executive Officer and the Senior Management Team to help develop the role of the charity to meet the challenges ahead and support the development of services for people with learning disabilities and/or learning difficulties.

The role is about being a visible part of the day to day running of the charity, getting involved and supporting the staff and volunteers and making a difference.
Please click here for more information about the role, including an application form.

To apply, please complete the form and email it to elfrida@elfrida.com.

We look forward to receiving your completed application form no later than mid-night Sunday 1st Nov 2020 Interviews: w/c 9th Nov 2020.



Digital Trainer (Fixed-Term Contract Until January 2021) – Supporting people adults with learning disabilities

- Are you looking for an exciting and unique opportunity to advance your skills, knowledge and experiences supporting people with learning disabilities?

- Are you interested in learning how to support adults with learning disabilities, who are also parents by supporting them to learn about the rights of their children and their own?

- Are you interested in supporting people with learning disabilities to overcome digital barriers and to be part of the COVID-19 emergency recovery?

Apply today!

We are looking to appoint a talented and compassionate individual as a Digital Trainer. As our Digital Trainer you will be responsible for the delivery of focused digital skills training for people with learning disabilities in Islington and surrounding areas. People with learning disabilities and/or learning difficulties will require support to make the most of devices such as phones, iPads, laptops, etc. To build connections, keep in touch with family, friends, and support services, using online platforms such as Zoom, MS Teams, Skype.

The post holder will be responsible for the delivery of training sessions, either in small groups or on 1-2-1 basis, in people’s homes or at a safe location, with the objective of increasing digital competency and confidence. From time to time the post holder will be also involved in the facilitation of sports and recreational activities in collaboration with the Sports Services Manager.

Please click here for more information about the role, including an application form.

To apply, please complete the form and email it to elfrida@elfrida.com.

We look forward to receiving your completed application form no later than 12noon Monday 26th Oct 2020.

Interviews will be held on 29th or 30th October 2020.




CURRENT VOLUNTEER VACANCIES


Sports Volunteers

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 Advocates

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.