Help people in your local community to live independently

Support volunteers needed for British Red Cross – Thames Valley Area in RG1

The British Red Cross provides valuable short-term support to vulnerable people in the UK, whether they’re recovering from an operation, need a wheelchair or just need help coping around the house.

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A Mobility Aids Volunteer is part of a small team of volunteers who are on hand to deal with mobility aid loan requests. This key role enables people to return home after an illness or surgery and help them to remain independent or go on a holiday or trip with friends or family. The beneficiary is at the centre of everything we do.

Typical tasks will include:

  • Taking calls and enquiries from people wanting to borrow mobility aid equipment.
  • Giving information about other Red Cross services, where appropriate.
  • Updating records and other administrative tasks.
  • Demonstrating how to use and look after our equipment including wheelchairs.
  • Receiving and recording donations.

Ideal volunteers for this role will enjoy meeting people, have good communication skills and be willing and able to uphold people’s dignity at all times.

Volunteers will be expected to uphold the Fundamental Principles of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and adhere to the Society’s Equal Opportunities Policy.

This is a deeply rewarding volunteering role, as you are helping people in your local community to live independently by assisting them when they most need it.

Young People and this role

We value the energy and enthusiasm that young people bring to this role. To undertake this role you need to be 18+. However (subject to a risk assessment, safeguarding requirements and parental consent) those aged 15 – 17 can be involved in a variety of activities such as promoting the service.

Contact person firstname
Gillian
Lastname
Collins
Contact person's position
Volunteer Co-ordinator
Their phone number?
0118 935 8211
Contact instructions?
My working days are Monday, Wednesday and Thursday
Location address line 1
John Nike House
Line 2
90 Eastern Avenue
Town
Reading
Postcode
RG1 5SF

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Wheelchair accessible?
Yes
Car parking for the volunteer?
Yes
Secure bicycle parking?
Yes
Near public transport?
Yes
How much time?
A few hours a week
What times and days of the week?
Mon AMMon PMTue AMTue PMWed PMThu PMFri PM
Availability required
Any of these times
Additional timing details
Volunteers commit to 1 shift of 2.5 hours per week on a regular basis. You can swap shifts for holidays etc.
Task type?
Support
Will suit someone like this:
Prefers a specific rolePrefers a regular scheduleSelf organised/motivatedSociablePatientSupportive
Post suitable for supported volunteering?
Not specified
Is training given?
Yes
Training description
Training is on the job and also requires the attendance on a three day training course
Is support given?
Yes
Description of support
You will learn the role by working with a trained volunteer
Are expenses paid?
Yes
Description of expenses
reasonable out of pocket expenses reimbursed
Will I need my own transportation?
No
Will the volunteer be CRB or DBS checked?
Not specified
Are references required?
Yes
Will there be an interview?
Yes
Are they properly insured?
Yes
Minimum age
16
Do they need a specific gender?
No
How many volunteers needed?
4
Opportunity added on
4 November 2016