About the opportunity
We are looking for people to join an exciting new team of volunteers who will be essential in helping us expand the Visiting Friends service.
As a Community Connector volunteer you will be part of the Visiting Friends service and will be supporting older people living in the community who wish to gain access to and be part of their local community again. Volunteers will support an older person on a regular basis for a period of time relevant to that individual, helping them to achieve their goals.
This could include supporting them to join a new local club, reconnecting with their local parish, going swimming, rambling, starting arts and crafts, or learning a new skill.
It could be they just need to gain the confidence to be able to visit their local shops or library on their own.
You would be offering the person companionship and support whilst attending their chosen activity allowing their confidence to improve.
The aim is that after three months the person is able to continue with the activity or outings confidently on their own. At this stage you will be given the opportunity to support a new person.
Research into the types of activities the person might be interested in will be done beforehand by the Manager and you will be given local information on activities and will be well supported at all times.
We are looking for people who
- Enjoy talking and listening to older people
- Have empathy and understand the needs of older people
- Are warm, friendly, outgoing and approachable
- Enjoy social events and will enjoy going out and about
- Work well with others
- Would like to make a real difference to an older person’s life
What you will gain from this role
- You will learn new skills and meet new people
- You will be supported by your Manager and other volunteers
- You will be invited to events and celebrations as a volunteer
- You may have the opportunity to join training courses organised by the Charity
- We can reimburse reasonable travel expenses
We are looking for volunteers over the age of 18.
All of our volunteers will receive a charity induction, and further support and training will be provided by the Manager as needed.
You will be given a Volunteer Handbook and information on how the Charity supports volunteers.
Mandatory training may be required and will be offered as appropriate.
If you drive as part of your volunteering you will need the appropriate insurance and documentation.
Time and commitment
Most people volunteer once a week for three to six months, although each relationship will be different.
It is most helpful to both sides if you can commit to a minimum of three months.