Role: Befriending Volunteers
Organisation: Shapeshifter Productions 
Location: Waltham Forest.

Do you enjoy engaging with people and promoting well-being? Do you want to get involved with your local community? This is an excellent role for someone who is interested in singing and enjoys interacting with elderly people. Musical expertise is not necessary!

Shapeshifter Productions is a performing arts charity based in North East London, looking for befriending volunteers with some knowledge of social networking skills to join The Smiling Sessions team, a group of three professional musicians delivering high quality, participatory singing workshops in sheltered housing schemes and care homes, supported by Arts Council England. Now in their 8th year, The Smiling Sessions aim to prevent loneliness, improve confidence and wellbeing through encouraging group singing and social interaction amongst senior citizens.

They are recruiting for friendly volunteers to join the team for 1 day a week for a period of 12 weeks, alternating between the office 1 day a week and the singing sessions which take place on Thursdays from 11am-12.30pm and 2pm-4pm.

What the role will involve:

  • Handing out song books
  • Encouraging residents to participate in singing and generally Interacting with them
  • Joining in with singing, clapping and dancing!
  • Encouraging residents to attend the sessions regularly
  • Writing feedback as a blog after each session, with your observations.
  • Promoting the project through a blog and social media

What we are looking for:

  • Someone who is friendly and engaging
  • Confident interpersonal skills
  • An interest in music and/or working with the elderly
  • Someone who is reliable and committed
  • A patient and empathetic approach
  • Knowledge of social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook

To apply please email Violaine Bailleul explaining why you would like to be involved.

Travel expenses will be reimbursed on the provision of receipts.

Shapeshifter Productions runs an equal opportunities policy.

Contact: Violaine Bailleul  - [email protected]
Telephone: 020 7018 2927