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Help us to enable people to live as independently as they can at home

Support volunteers needed for British Red Cross – Thames Valley Area in RG1

In the UK, our health and social care work offers valuable time-limited support for individuals vulnerable to crisis. From people recovering from illness, surgery or an accident, to struggling with a life-changing event, Support at Home volunteers enable people to live as independently as they can at home, building trusting relationships and helping them to regain their confidence and well-being. Working closely with health and social services colleagues, volunteers can make the difference in preventing an admission to hospital or supporting a timely discharge home.

About this role

The aim of the Support at Home service is to place the person at the centre of what we do and help them get through a crisis by offering positive encouragement, practical help and emotional support, for a few days or for longer, depending on their needs.

Typical tasks include

  • Visiting the service user on their arrival home from 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

What we are looking for

We keep the beneficiary at the heart of what we do, working to understand their needs and the difference we make. You need to have good interpersonal, diplomacy, communication and teamwork skills and full training can be given for any necessary technical requirements. Also:

  • Sensitivity when working with people vulnerable to crisis and an interest in their well-being
  • An ability to provide patient, positive encouragement with the aim of helping people to help themselves
  • An understanding of the differing physical needs of service users
  • Ability to work independently and as an effective member of a team
  • Willingness to attend volunteer induction and appropriate training for the role
  • Uphold the Fundamental Principles of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and adhering to the Society’s Equal Opportunities Policy
Contact person firstname
Jacqui Halpin,
Lastname
Their phone number?
01235 552 669
Location address line 1
90 Eastern Avenue
Town
Reading
County
Berkshire
Postcode
RG1 5SF

Map
Wheelchair accessible?
No
Car parking for the volunteer?
Yes
Secure bicycle parking?
Yes
Near public transport?
Yes
How much time?
A few hours a week
What times and days of the week?
Mon PMTue PMWed PMThu PMFri PM
Availability required
Any of these times
Task type?
Support
Will suit someone like this:
Enjoys variety and changePrefers a regular scheduleSociablePatientSupportiveEmotionally robust
Post suitable for supported volunteering?
No
Is training given?
Yes
Training description
Approximate training hours: 31
Is support given?
Yes
Description of support
Full support from service co-ordinator and/or lead volunteers
Are expenses paid?
Yes
Description of expenses
Reimbursement of travel expenses to and from training
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?
10
Opportunity added on
18 May 2017