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Can you help lonely and socially isolated people connect with their local community?

Support volunteers needed for British Red Cross – Thames Valley Area

British Red Cross is seeking volunteers to join our Community Connectors project.

Typical tasks include
. Being aware of and keeping up to date with local community services appropriate to our service users with support from the Community Connector Manager.
. Supporting lonely & socially isolated service users to build confidence, self-esteem and to regain independence.
. Listening to people’s needs, aspirations and concerns and co-creating a step plan to ensure the person meets their aims. This may involve providing advice on regular, healthy nutrition and hydration and managing hygiene.
. Supporting people to attend local community services suitable to their needs, helping them identify other activities in the area and going with them as necessary. This enables access to various health/medical appointments, social activities, shopping, transport and other community services. This may involve travelling with service users or transporting them using your own vehicle where appropriate.
. Offering signposting to British Red Cross and other organisations services.
. Maintaining contact with the service user to monitor progress against goals and phase out contact as loneliness and social isolation is alleviated.

Contact person firstname
Ben Weatherburn , Engagement and Development Manager
Contact person's position
Their phone number?

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 PMTue AMTue PMWed AMWed PMThu AMThu PMFri AMFri PM
Availability required
Any of these times
Additional timing details
Time commitment will be flexible and dependant on client needs
Task type?
Will suit someone like this:
Happy to work soloNetworkerSociablePatientSupportiveCommunicatorWants to get out and aboutEmotionally robust
Post suitable for supported volunteering?
Not specified
Is training given?
Training description
2 Day Foundation Course
Is support given?
Description of support
Ongoing Support via Volunteer Line Manager
Are expenses paid?
Description of expenses
Travel Expenses
Will I need my own transportation?
Will the volunteer be CRB or DBS checked?
Are references required?
Will there be an interview?
Are they properly insured?
Minimum age
Do they need a specific gender?
How many volunteers needed?
Opportunity added on
6 February 2018