Events Assistant Volunteer

North Somerset People First

Name: Events Assistant Volunteer
Organisation: North Somerset People First
Location: The Campus, Highlands Lane, Worle, Weston-super-Mare, BS24 7DX
Type: Part Time
We do require regular time commitment with the aim of offering an evening social event once every 6 weeks. Also help needed with the running of our daytime social/friendship groups. We run regular daytime activities on a Wednesday and need volunteers to help us continue these events. Attending Social Committee meetings – one evening a month


Can you spare a few hours a month to help out at one of our daytime or evening social events?

North Somerset People First are a self-advocacy charity based in Worle, but our services cover all of North Somerset. Anyone aged over 16 with a learning disability living, working or going to college in North Somerset can become a member for free. Our aim is to promote and encourage people to develop the skills and confidence to speak up for themselves, reduce social isolation and give people the tools and experience to take greater control of their lives.

We are currently looking to recruit volunteers to join our Social Committee. The role of the Social Committee will be to actively engage and attract NSPF members to a range of social events held throughout the year. The Social Committee’s role is to use creativity and passion to ensure a social element is maintained within NSPF’s culture and that our members can form lasting relationships and make happy memories at our social events.

Role description
We are looking for proactive and organised individuals who are happy to work on their own initiative. You will need to have a friendly personality with good communication skills and be willing to help members to feel welcome and comfortable when attending these social activities.

We aim to offer an evening social event once every six weeks and would welcome help to run these. The events could include disco nights, skittles evenings, pub trips, theatre/cinema etc. We also have regular daytime activities: including Friendship Groups in Weston and Clevedon and a monthly Walking Group. We are looking for people to assist in the running of these groups as well as our evening events.

As a small and local team with limited funds, we rely on the support of our volunteers to help organise and develop the ideas our members. Some of the activities our members have suggested include: Theatre trips, boat trips, hiking, paint-balling, arts and crafts etc. Can you help us to make these events happen?

List of possible tasks involved in this role:
• Planning and coordinating social events in conjunction with the Volunteer Coordinator. This includes: researching and booking venues, organising catering and entertainment.
• Attending the events and interacting with our members, helping to make the events feel welcoming and inclusive.
• Preparation of promotional materials eg flyers, posters, tickets
• Helping to set up rooms prior to events and clearing up afterwards
• Handling member’s enquiries and trouble-shooting during events to help ensure all runs smoothly
• Helping members to access appropriate transport home from the venue at the end of the event

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Organisation Description

We are a Learning Disability charity within North Somerset for people over the age of 16. We promote and encourage people to speak up for themselves, empowering them to be in control of their own lives, now and in the future.


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Cause / Interests

  • Disability

Types of Activity

  • Befriending and Buddying
  • Community Work
  • Driving
  • General and Helping
  • Local Events
  • Marketing, PR and Media

Skills and Qualifications


Warm and compassionate
Reliable and committed
Creativity and imagination
Good organisational skills
Passionate about supporting people
Promoting and encouraging independence
Committed to promoting equal opportunities
Ability to be calm when under pressure
Problem solving
Promoting inclusion
Motivated and enthusiastic
Understanding and valuing individual uniqueness


Some common motivations and benefits for volunteering at NSPF include:

• Having fun!
• making a positive difference to other people and improving their quality of life
• sharing and learning new skills
• boosting a CV
• meeting new people
• Good references

Additional/Specific Suitabilities

Minimum Age: 16
Maximum Age: NA
Disabled Access: Yes
Wheelchair Access: Yes
Expenses: Yes
Restrictions: NA
Induction: Yes
Insurance Cover: Yes
Special Needs: Yes
Offer: Yes
Training: Yes
Other: NA

Recruitment Method

Application form, Informal discussion, References, Information Day, DBS Check, Interview