Community Volunteer

  • VO83733


We are committed to offering exciting opportunities based on trust and mutually agreed expectations. Volunteer selection is based on skills, experience, values and interests of the applicant being matched to the skills profile.
All interested volunteers should complete our application form and submit to the local office or via the link on the Real Life Options website.
Applicants who we believe match our criteria to carry out the role will be invited to an information and selection meeting. The meeting makes up part of the recruitment process and will allow RLV to select suitable applicants who will then be invited to the RLV induction course and complete additional training as required.
Are varied and dependent on the needs of the people we support. We try to match volunteers to people with similar interests and provide opportunities for volunteers to utilise existing skills and knowledge.
• Chatting to and befriending people we support
• Home checks to make sure vulnerable people are safe and well
• Everyday practical household tasks
• Provide information and support to allow people to make informed choices about their lives
• Assist with shopping
• Support with correspondence
• Provide transport
• Support with social outings
• Assisting with pet care
• Assist with food preparation
• Prescription collections

Organisation aims and objectives

Real Life Options was first established in 1992 to support and empower people with learning disabilities and autism to have more choice and greater control over their lives. Over the last three decades, we have grown to become a national provider of social support and care while staying true to our core ethos. We support people across the UK to develop their independence and achieve their potential. We recognise that to be excellent in our field, we need to truly understand and champion the changing needs and aspirations of the people we support. Through partnerships with families, thought-leader organisations and professional services, we believe in constantly evolving and providing a person-centred approach at every step in an individual’s support journey.










As all our services are 24/7 so therefore all the options and times mentioned above are applicable.


Experience required: Good communication ie listening, questioning, clarifying, observing and responding. Provide feedback and information to a co-ordinator. Good time management. Knowledge of confidentiality requirements. Non judgemental. Interest in making a positive difference and helping people we support live the lives they want. Good conversationalist who is respectful & professional to the people we support. Able to travel to visit people. Uphold values of respect, honesty, responsibility and excellence.
Travel details: Volunteers will support any services near their area. They can travel with whatever means they wish and all forms of transport will be reimbursed as long as a receipt is provided.
Minimum age: 16


Expenses paid: Yes
Expenses details: Any expenses incurred from volunteering will be reimbursed such as travel or going out with service users. Volunteers will be able to upload their receipts onto an online portal.
Taster available: Yes
Taster details: A taster session can be arranged for the potential volunteer to go into the service and shadow one of our support workers.
Training details: • Localised induction training • On-line training including Health & Safety, Safeguarding, Food Hygiene, Equality & Diversity, Fire Safety, GDPR (Confidentiality), Infection Control • First Aid • Moving & Handling
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Please note, organisations are currently experiencing a large volume of enquiries from people looking to help out. They may not always be able to meet this demand so please be patient, you may not receive a quick response or be assigned to a role.