For folk who may have spent years alone or with little company, knowing a regular friendly chat is scheduled once a week can make a huge difference to their mental wellbeing. Add in the current pandemic and across the area we are seeing more and more residents who are feeling incredibly isolated and alone. Could you join our friendly team of volunteers who help to reduce the isolation currently felt by many residents in the Fleet and Church Crookham area? A chat may seem such a small thing, but it can be incredibly powerful.
If you like having a conversation and you have a caring disposition, with patience and some common sense, please think about spending some of your time talking to homebound people. It’s a rewarding experience for both caller and client.
Excellent communication skills.
Clear speaking voice.
Empathy and patience.
Integrity and being non-judgemental towards others.
Interested in people.
Happy to undertake training.
The role can be undertaken from home if the volunteer has limited mobility. If visiting a client's home we cannot guarantee accessiblity.
- Age restrictions
- DBS check required
Enhanced DBS undertaken by Calls & Visits.
- Equal Opportunities Policy
- Expenses reimbursed
Travel at 45p per mile and other 'out of pocket' expenses if accompanied by a receipt.
- Health and Safety Policy
- Ongoing support
Yes coupled with regular supervision sessions.
- Recruitment Process
Informal discussion, application form and 2 x references.
- Training provided
Initial training including boundary and safeguarding, subsequent training as required.
- Volunteer induction
Coupled with volunteer handbook.
- Volunteer Policy
- Volunteers covered by insurance
You will be covered by the Good Neighbours Network employers and public liability insurance (includes volunteers).
- Written role description
When can I volunteer?
The role is flexible and can be accommodated around 'day to day' activities. Once 'matched' with a resident - the call or visit can be at different times each week to suit both parties.
Service operates across Church Crookham & Fleet