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If you are caring, compassionate and up for a natter, this could be the role for you!

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

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.

Contact person firstname
Jacqui Halpin,
Their phone number?
01235 552 669

Location description
Across Reading
Wheelchair accessible?
Not specified
Car parking for the volunteer?
Not specified
Secure bicycle parking?
Not specified
Near public transport?
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:
SociablePatientSupportiveEmotionally robust
Post suitable for supported volunteering?
Is training given?
Training description
Foundation Training Programme course, plus on-the-job training
Is support given?
Description of support
From service coordinator and/or lead volunteers
Are expenses paid?
Description of expenses
Reasonable travel expenses reimbursed
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
27 July 2017

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