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

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

The IL Service Volunteer will 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 the IL Service Manager / Co-ordinator, volunteers can make the difference by undertaking an agreed selection of tasks including preventing admission to hospital, enabling a discharge from hospital transporting people to and from hospital and appointments, supporting people to cope in their home, helping people with mobility aids and signposting to other services in the area

You might support with various tasks including:

  • Visiting the service user in hospital with a view to supporting their discharge
  • Transporting the service user home from hospital
  • Visiting the service user on their arrival home from hospital and settling them in
  • Keeping someone company for a few hours at a time
  • Helping the person to regain independence by supporting them with practical tasks such as 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
  • Referring the service user to mobility aids and to other external services as appropriate
Contact person firstname
Jonny Baxter, Engagement & Development Manager
Lastname
Contact person's position
Their phone number?
07809375096
Location address line 1
Royal Berkshire Hospital
Line 2
London Road
Town
Reading
County
Berkshire
Postcode
RG1 5AN

Map
Location description
Across Reading
Wheelchair accessible?
Not specified
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 AMMon PMTue AMTue PMWed AMWed PMThu AMThu PMFri AMFri PM
Availability required
Any of these times
Task type?
Support
Will suit someone like this:
Enjoys variety and changeSociablePatientSupportiveWants to get out and aboutEmotionally robust
Post suitable for supported volunteering?
Not specified
Is training given?
Yes
Training description
Approximate training hours 31
Is support given?
Yes
Description of support
From staff and other volunteers
Are expenses paid?
Yes
Description of expenses
Travel
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?
2
Opportunity added on
10 December 2020