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Looking for an enthusiastic volunteer to support our social group

Support volunteer needed for Epilepsy Berkshire

Epilepsy Berkshire exists to give support to those living with epilepsy:  to educate the community and organisations about epilepsy, to facilitate a sense of community ensuring that people do not feel isolated, to bring those together in a social environment where they can feel safe and supported giving support to the newly diagnosed, with help where necessary, such as guidance to organisations that can help them.

Epilepsy Berkshire is now looking to recruit a volunteer, for approximately two hours a week, to help support adult members of a recently-formed charity. We are looking for an enthusiastic person who has the aptitude and approach required for this social role.

The charity had taken its first steps, in setting up a support group at St Nicholas church, Earley, for the Greater Reading area in late 2019, early 2020. Sessions were provided to meet others in a safe environment. This is currently via Zoom due to Covid 19. Our ethos is to encourage all members to adopt an inclusive, friendly approach. In addition, other social activities are planned and take place post Covid.

The charity has been successful in carrying out fundraising and is discussing plans to use the funds raised for activities to benefit its clients. A volunteer with the appropriate aptitude and approach would be an asset in providing support and help in achieving the charity’s goals, with the existing officers.

What Qualifications and Skills are needed?

  • Social skills, e.g. having empathy with those who are living with epilepsy, being a good listener
  • Organisational, communication, team-building
  • Access to a PC would be required for sharing communications

The volunteer would benefit from meeting those who are living with epilepsy. Initially, this would be via Zoom and later face to face. The volunteer would have the knowledge that there is a challenge to be met, and if successful, could see a major step in providing a significant improvement in community-based resources for this group. The volunteer would be self-motivated though guidance will be provided from other volunteers of the charity.

This role could suit a student or a person looking for a new career path or direction.

Organisation
Contact person firstname
Kevin Boyle, Epilepsy Berkshire Lead
Lastname
Contact person's position
Mobile?
0118 9267100

Location description
Currently, work from home
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 PMMon EVETue AMTue PMTue EVEWed AMWed PMWed EVEThu AMThu PMThu EVEFri AMFri PMFri EVESat AMSat PMSat EVESun AMSun PMSun EVE
Availability required
Any of these times
Additional timing details
Approximately two hours a week
Task type?
Support
Will suit someone like this:
Self organised/motivatedGood sense of humourSociableSupportiveCommunicatorEmotionally robust
Post suitable for supported volunteering?
Not specified
Is training given?
Yes
Training description
Introduction to the organisation and epilepsy awareness training
Is support given?
Yes
Description of support
From fellow volunteers
Are expenses paid?
Yes
Description of expenses
travel expenses and other expenses by prior agreement
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?
1
Opportunity added on
15 March 2021

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