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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




CURRENT VOLUNTEER VACANCIES

Following the resignation of our Chair, we need the support of a new Chair and more Trustees to help shape our future and ensure that we continue to deliver our vital work for people with learning disabilities across Islington and beyond.


Chair of the Board of Trustees Position

We are looking for a special individual who can provide leadership to the organisation, the Board and the Chief Executive Officer with integrity, compassion and aptitude. Without doubt, the role requires the levels of governance and oversight expected of a local charity but the key ingredient will be passion – passion for our cause, passion for our team and, above all, a passion for making a positive difference.

The new Chair will be supported by a highly effective, diverse and active Board with a wide mix of skill, including two Trustees with learning disabilities who use their knowledge and lived experiences to represent the voices of the learning disabilities community.

The successful candidate will understand the charity landscape and be comfortable with the fiduciary requirements that it carries, will have board level experience, a sound understanding of finances, be commercially savvy and ideally have experience of working with people with learning disabilities (this is desirable but not essential).

How to Apply To apply to become the Chair of the Elfrida Society please include a copy of your CV together with a supporting statement (maximum two sides). Please ensure that your application fully addresses the requirements for the role.

Click here for a recruitment pack with full details about the role and responsibilities

Send your CV and supporting statement to elfrida@elfrida.com.
If you wish to arrange an informal discussion about the opportunity, please email Dolly Galvis on dolly.galvis@elfrida.com.

Recruitment timetable
Deadline for applications: Sunday 26th July 2020
Interviews: w/c 3rd August 2020

Candidates will be interviewed by the CEO and a member of the current board.

Appointments will be subject to references and board approval.



Board of Trustees Member Positions x 3

We are excited to be recruiting 3 new trustees to join our Board of Trustees team and help us build on the great work the charity is doing and to help us achieve more.

As the strategic management body of the Elfrida Society, Trustees have specific responsibilities. These include responsibility for directing the affairs of the Elfrida Society, ensuring it keeps good finances and is well run, and that it acts within its aims. Trustees are responsible with looking after the resources of the Elfrida Society ensuring that these are used effectively for the overall purpose of the organisation.

As a Trustee you will bring your knowledge, experience and skills to help us to make an even greater difference to the lives of the people with learning disabilities we support. You will be committed to delivering meaningful outcomes for our beneficiaries and to reaching ever greater numbers of people with learning disabilities through our services development.

How to Apply To apply to become a Trustee for the Elfrida Society please include a copy of your CV together with a supporting statement (maximum two sides). Please ensure that your application fully addresses the requirements for the role.

Click here for a recruitment pack with full details about the role and responsibilities

Send your CV and supporting statement to elfrida@elfrida.com.
If you wish to arrange an informal discussion about the opportunity, please email Dolly Galvis on dolly.galvis@elfrida.com.

Recruitment timetable
Deadline for applications: Sunday 26th July 2020
Interviews: w/c 3rd August 2020

Candidates will be interviewed by the CEO and a member of the current board.

Appointments will be subject to references and board approval.



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.