If you are caring, compassionate and up for a natter, this could be the role for you!
In the UK, our health and social care work offers valuable time-limited support for individuals vulnerable to crisis. Support at Home volunteers enable people recovering from illness, surgery or an accident, or struggling with a life-changing event, 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.
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
For this role you will need:
- sensitivity when working with people vulnerable to a crisis
- 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 use
- the ability to work both independently and as an effective member of a team
Being a volunteer for the British Red Cross means that you can proudly say you are part of the world’s largest humanitarian organisation.
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