Independent Living Service volunteer - Adur or Worthing
British Red Cross - Sussex
Can you offer a couple of hours a week to help support older people in your community? Do you live in Adur or Worthing? Are you looking for a regular, long term volunteer role? If so, then we would love to hear from you.
In 2020 the British Red Cross turned 150. It is thanks to all our supporters and volunteers that we have been able to provide health and social care support to people since 1870. Our volunteers provided health and social care support to people in the First and Second World war, in peace time and they helped to create the NHS in 1948.
Today we continue to provide health and social care support through our Independent Living service. This includes supporting older people settle back home after being discharged from hospital, supporting someone connect with others following a diagnosis of a long-term health condition and relieving a family carer so they can go out for a couple of hours. Help us continue our story by applying to volunteer with us today.
What would I be doing?
You will be helping provide practical and emotional support to an older person in your community. Every individual has different needs. Here are some examples of what you might support someone with:
- Helping with practical tasks like shopping, collecting prescriptions and light meal preparation.
- Reconnecting someone with their communities to help overcome loneliness.
- Helping someone connect with other organisations who can offer them support with their long-term health condition.
- Visiting the person on their arrival home from hospital.
- Keeping someone company.
- Sitting with the person so their family carer can go out for a couple of hours.
“I’m showing compassion, empowering people, letting them know what help is out there, and helping them move forward.” Lisa, Independent Living Volunteer.
If you're interested, please click the REGISTER YOUR INTEREST button, fill in your details and we will get in touch for a chat about what's involved and what happens next.
You don't need to have done this kind of role before. We have a comprehensive training programme for new volunteers.
We are looking for people who:
- Can communicate well with older people - being sensitive, patient understanding and encouraging.
- Are flexible.
- Have a caring non-judgemental outlook.
- Are able to work well in a team and on their own.
- Have a full UK driving licence and access to a vehicle.
- Are able to access a computer to do the training online (while COVID restrictions are in place, we cannot do face to face training)
We will also need to carry out a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check on you before you start.
- The chance to work with a variety of different people from different walks of life and make a real difference to their lives.
- A great opportunity to develop your existing skills and to gain new ones.
- The company of a warm and friendly team of like-minded people.
We have a comprehensive set of measures in place to minimise COVID risks to volunteers and the people they support.
For example, if you are shopping for someone, there is a procedure for collecting the shopping list and payment and returning the shopping to the doorstep.
For volunteers who are willing, we also offer full PPE to enable them to go into someone's home to keep them company for a couple of hours. However, if you're not comfortable doing this, we quite understand and we would give you the chance to support people in other ways e.g. calling them on the phone.
When do I need to be available?
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Where does this role take place?
Adur and Worthing
- Civic Responsibility and Communities
- Health and Social Care
- No specific interest
- Older People
- Advice and Information
- Cooking and Catering
- General Helping
- Practical Skills
- Supporting People and Befriending
- Equal Opportunities Policy or Statement
- Health and Safety
- Insurance Cover for Volunteers
- Suitable for 13 - 16 years
- Suitable for 16 - 18 years
- Suitable for a group of volunteers
Suitable only for (e.g. 18+, LGBT, BAME, Women only)
- Support on Offer
- This role is adaptable for different abilities