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Become a Community Connector and help tackle loneliness and social isolation

Befriending / Visiting volunteers needed for British Red Cross – Thames Valley Area

Community Connectors is a brand new British Red Cross service being introduced through our partnership with the Co-op to tackle loneliness and social isolation across the UK.

Our Community Connector Support volunteers will play a key role supporting people who don’t know where to turn for support to reconnect to their communities. You’ll work closely alongside our expert professional Community Connectors to build individuals’ resilience and independence. You’ll provide positive encouragement, practical help and emotional support and introduce them to activities and interest groups in their local area, giving them the confidence to continue being involved in their communities long after our 12 weeks of direct support has ended.

We will place the person at the centre of what we do and help them by offering positive encouragement, practical help and emotional support, for up to three months, depending on their needs.

We keep the service user at the heart of what we do, working to understand their needs and the difference we make. You need to have good interpersonal skills, diplomacy; communication and teamwork skills and full training can be given for any necessary technical requirements. Also:

  • Sensitivity when working with people affected by social isolation and loneliness and an interest in their well-being and finding pathways out of loneliness

  • Maintain service user confidentiality

  • An ability to provide patient, positive encouragement with the aim of helping people to help themselves

  • Good understanding of community groups and networks in the local area with an ability to develop lasting partnerships. (But we will also give you this information throughout your training)

  • An ability to work independently and as an effective member of a team

  • Ability to travel with service users to local groups and events, this may include using your own car to drive the service user and could include their children.

  • Full Drivers Licence and access to own car is desirable but not essential.

  • Willingness to attend volunteer induction and appropriate training for the role

  • Willingness to uphold the Fundamental Principles of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and adhere to the Society’s Equal Opportunities Policy.

Contact person firstname
Beth Luckett, Coordinator
Lastname
Contact person's position
Their phone number?
01189358222

Location description
Across Reading
Wheelchair accessible?
Not specified
Car parking for the volunteer?
Not specified
Secure bicycle parking?
Not specified
Near public transport?
Not specified
How much time?
A few hours a week
What times and days of the week?
Mon AMMon PMMon EVETue AMTue PMTue EVEWed AMWed PMWed EVEThu AMThu PMThu EVEFri AMFri PMFri EVESat AMSat PMSat EVESun AMSun PMSun EVE
Availability required
Any of these times
Task type?
Befriending / Visiting
Will suit someone like this:
Enjoys variety and changeHappy to work soloSociablePatientSupportiveCommunicator
Post suitable for supported volunteering?
Not specified
Is training given?
Yes
Training description
Training programme
Is support given?
Yes
Description of support
From named member of staff
Are expenses paid?
Yes
Description of expenses
By agreement
Will I need my own transportation?
No
Will the volunteer be CRB or DBS checked?
Yes
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?
5
Opportunity added on
3 May 2017