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Help us enable people facing challenges to live as independently as they can

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

The aim of the Support at Home service is to help our clients through a crisis by offering positive encouragement, practical help and emotional support.  The length of time we support them will depend on their needs.

The individuals we help may be recovering from an illness, surgery or an accident, or may be struggling with a life-changing event.  We aim to enable them to live as independently as they can at home.  We do this by building trusting relationships and helping them to regain their confidence and well-being while working closely with health and social services. Volunteers can make the difference in preventing an admission to hospital or supporting a timely discharge at home.

Tasks included in this role:

  • Visiting the service user on their arrival home from the hospital.
  • Keeping someone company for a few hours at a time.
  • Helping with practical tasks like shopping, collecting prescriptions and light meal preparation.
  • Sitting with the service user and relieving the relative or carer of continuous care.
  • Keeping paper records of contact and activities undertaken with the service user.
Contact person firstname
Ben Weatherburn, Engagement and Development Manager
Contact person's position

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
Task type?
Befriending / Visiting
Will suit someone like this:
Enjoys variety and changeHappy to work soloSociablePatientSupportiveEmotionally robust
Post suitable for supported volunteering?
Is training given?
Training description
2 Day Foundation Course with skills in Fundemental Priciples, Basic First Aid and providing Emotional Support
Is support given?
Description of support
Support from Volunteer Line Manager, Team Leaders and 24 Hour Counselling support line
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
15 February 2019