Contract type: Volunteer
Working pattern: Part-time
Closing date: Sunday 31 October 2021
How to apply: To apply for this role please contact Kathy Burton on 01424 722309 or email your interest to firstname.lastname@example.org
About the role
What does a Befriending & Respite volunteer do?
Do you enjoy a cup of tea and a chat? Looking at old photographs, playing board games, doing jigsaw puzzles? Going for a walk or visiting a garden centre? Do you have a few hours to spare each week?
We have over 100 respite and befriending volunteers, they enable Carers to take some time out from their caring role on a regular basis by spending time with the person they look after.
We try to make sure that we match each volunteer with someone that shares similar interests, giving the relationship the best opportunity to be beneficial and long lasting.
The Volunteer Coordinator is responsible for our volunteer’s wellbeing. Our volunteers need to be:
- Patient and understanding
- Good at communicating and listening
- Able to treat people with respect
- Confident in a crisis
- Understanding of what it means to look after someone
- Able to attend induction and training sessions
Where does the volunteering role usually take place?
Volunteers usually spend time at the Carer’s home on the same day and at the same time each week. Sometimes the role may involve taking the cared for person out for a walk or to a day activity.
What is the induction process for volunteers?
We ask our volunteers to complete an application form, provide two references and meet us for an informal chat. We also carry out a DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service) check as our volunteers work with people who are considered vulnerable. Following this, volunteers attend a one day induction, which helps them to:
- Understand more about the Association and the support it provides to Carers
- Understand what it means to be a Carer and the impact caring has on people’s lives
- Feel confident in a variety of situations
- Gain an awareness of health and safety
- Learn how to be safe when lone working
What training are volunteers provided with?
We ask all our volunteers to attend Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults and First Aid training. In addition to this they can also attend other relevant training throughout the year, for example;
- Dementia awareness
- Basic listening and bereavement skills
What support do we offer our volunteers?
- We encourage our volunteers to call us or pop in to one of our offices if they need a chat, advice, or have any concerns
- We accompany new volunteers the first time they go to visit a Carer
- If volunteers are unable to drive we find them a volunteer driver or arrange a taxi
- We reimburse expenses incurred while volunteering
- We hold regular group supervision meetings throughout the year
To apply for this role please contact Kathy Burton on 01424 722309 or email your interest to email@example.com
Your starting salary will be pro rata if the above position is part-time or term-time only.