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Could you be a befriender to older patients at Royal Berkshire Hospital ?

Befriending / Visiting volunteers needed for Age UK Reading in RG1

Age UK Reading is offering a service to patients in the older peoples’ wards in the Royal Berkshire Hospital.

The main tasks are:

  • visit wards regularly each week
  • if appropriate enhance the patient’s quality of life by reading to them, playing cards etc.
  • help patients with their belongings, reaching things for them, picking things up from the floor, helping them with bed controls, TV or phone system
  • understand and help patients prepare for their discharge from hospital.

There are a number of tasks that the volunteer would not be expected to do:

  • personal care, e.g. feeding, dressing, assisting with toilet etc
  • administering or advising on use of medications
  • heavy lifting
  • anything that the volunteer does not feel comfortable with
Organisation
Contact person firstname
John Evans, Befriending Co-ordinator
Lastname
Contact person's position
Their phone number?
01189502480
Mobile?
07870196941
Contact instructions?
Monday:Thursday
Location address line 1
21 Craven Road
Town
Reading
Postcode
RG1 5LE

Map
Wheelchair accessible?
Yes
Car parking for the volunteer?
No
Secure bicycle parking?
No
Near public transport?
Yes
How much time?
A few hours a week
What times and days of the week?
Mon PMMon EVETue PMTue EVEWed PMWed EVEThu PMThu EVEFri PMFri EVESat PMSat EVESun PMSun EVE
Availability required
Any of these times
Additional timing details
The volunteer period will cover January-March 2019
Task type?
Befriending / Visiting
Will suit someone like this:
Enjoys variety and changeKeen learnerGood sense of humourSociablePatientSupportiveEmotionally robustPhysically fit
Post suitable for supported volunteering?
Not specified
Is training given?
Yes
Training description
In conjunction with the Royal Berkshire Hospital
Is support given?
Yes
Description of support
Hospital staff and project co-ordinator
Are expenses paid?
Yes
Description of expenses
Travel/parking expenses
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
18
Maximum age
75
Do they need a specific gender?
No
How many volunteers needed?
10
Opportunity added on
22 November 2018

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