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Could you help with this shopping support scheme for older people?

Support volunteers needed for Age UK Reading

We are seeking volunteers to provide support for older people who live in the Reading area by doing a weekly/fortnightly/monthly shop(s) as part of the Age UK Reading Shopping Scheme.

Many older people experience chronic loneliness in later life and, as a result, experience a decline in well being and associated health impacts. Age UK’s shopping service is there to offer a support network for these people.

A shopper will be called by the shopping coordinator to ask if they are available to shop for a client with prior notice. The location is generally within the postcode of the shopper. If they are, the appropriate paperwork would be emailed through to the volunteer setting out who they are shopping for . An idea of the size of the shop would be established and the nearest or preferred location to shop ( if the volunteer is agreeable).

Additional information
  • DBS check required
  • Own transport needed
  • A role profile and person specification can be downloaded here.
Organisation
Contact person firstname
Christine Cimmino,
Lastname
Their phone number?
0118 950 2480
Mobile?
0779 238 9491
Contact instructions?
Mon-Fri 9.00AM - 2.00PM Mobile number or office number

Location description
Reading, Tilehurst, Caversham
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 EVE
Availability required
Any of these times
Task type?
Support
Will suit someone like this:
Self organised/motivatedHappy to work soloSociablePatientSupportiveWants to get out and about
Post suitable for supported volunteering?
Not specified
Is training given?
Yes
Training description
Safeguarding
Is support given?
Yes
Description of support
Shopping Coordinator
Are expenses paid?
Yes
Description of expenses
Petrol allowance
Will I need my own transportation?
Yes
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
Do they need a specific gender?
No
How many volunteers needed?
3
Opportunity added on
20 July 2020

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