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Exciting opportunity to get involved in a growing, local service that provides vital support for people with arthritis

Information / Advice volunteers needed for Arthritis Care

ROLE DESCRIPTION

This is a really exciting opportunity to get involved in a growing, local service that provides vital support for people with arthritis. If you have personal or professional experience with arthritis or are interested in supporting individuals with long-term conditions, this flexible voluntary role could be for you.

WHAT WILL I DO?

With full training provided and ongoing support, you would be providing information and peer support to individuals living with arthritis at some of our local services, called Drop Ins. We provide valuable information to each person we see, which usually involves discussion about exercise, local services, pain management and more. Arthritis Care staff will be present at each Drop In, and each month you will have an opportunity to get involved with group sessions, called Workshops.

There are further opportunities to provide telephone support (with full training), if this is something you’d be interested in getting involved with.

Volunteering with us will give you opportunities to get to know other volunteers, and be involved in the delivery of a service that truly makes a difference to people living with arthritis. If you are friendly, approachable and have a drive to help others, we would love to hear from you.

PRACTICAL CONSIDERATIONS AND COMMITMENTS

The role is very flexible, and you can volunteer as little as a few hours each month, or more if preferred. We currently deliver services in central Reading, Wokingham, Newbury, Caversham and Pangbourne all throughout the week. You can choose in advance services that you would like to volunteer at, in locations that suit you.

ABOUT US

Arthritis Care is now part of Arthritis Research UK.

Arthritis Care is the UK’s largest organisation working with and for all people with arthritis. We have a network of local branches and groups throughout England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Our vision is a world where people with arthritis can lead full and active lives. Our purpose is to empower people with arthritis through support and information, ensuring their voices are heard and their conditions more effectively managed.

Organisation
Contact person firstname
Tamsin Chant , Services coordinator
Lastname
Contact person's position
Their phone number?
07968 624 388

Location description
West Berkshire and Reading
Wheelchair accessible?
Yes
Car parking for the volunteer?
Yes
Secure bicycle parking?
Not specified
Near public transport?
Yes
How much time?
A few hours a month
What times and days of the week?
Mon AMMon PMTue AMTue PMWed AMWed PMThu AMThu PMFri AMFri PMSat AMSat PMSun AMSun PM
Availability required
Any of these times
Additional timing details
Two training days (a few months apart)
Task type?
Information / Advice
Will suit someone like this:
Prefers a specific roleSelf organised/motivatedKeen learnerSociablePatientSupportive
Post suitable for supported volunteering?
Yes
Is training given?
Yes
Training description
Two training days (a few months apart) and a shadowing approach
Is support given?
Yes
Description of support
Shadowing other volunteers/staff, regular supervision and support
Are expenses paid?
Yes
Description of expenses
Mileage, parking, food
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
Do they need a specific gender?
No
How many volunteers needed?
5
Opportunity added on
28 February 2018

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