Visiting Pets Volunteer – Woking

Location: Surrey

Posted: 16/08/17

Location: Bernard Sunley care home, Woking, Surrey

Commitment: Any days and times depending on availability in agreement with the Activities Coordinator.  It is most helpful if you can commit to a minimum of 3 months.

Friends of the Elderly has been supporting older people for over 100 years. We believe all older people should have the opportunity to live fulfilled lives.

We provide a wide range of support to help people remain living in their own homes through to residential care when this is no longer an option. Our befriending services are delivered by trained volunteers and help prevent and overcome loneliness. We also support those struggling to cope financially with a small grants programme for essential everyday items needed for health and wellbeing.

Volunteers are a huge asset to Friends of the Elderly and enhance the work that we do. We have a range of opportunities for involvement and encourage volunteers to think about their skills and talents and how they can use them to support the older people in our homes and services.

Main purpose of the role

Volunteer to visit residents with their pet, providing company and pleasure to those who can no longer have their own pet and all other residents.

You may be visiting residents in their rooms and communal areas, possibly walking with them.

Skills required

  • Can commit regularly to the role as agreed with the co-ordinator
  • Enjoy talking and listening to older people
  • Have empathy and understand the needs of older people
  • Warm, friendly and outgoing
  • Enjoy social events and will enjoy socialising with our residents
  • Have good organisational skills
  • Works well with others
  • Would like to make a real difference to an older person’s life

Training and other requirements

  • All of our volunteers will receive induction training, and further support and advice will be provided by the Activities Coordinator as needed
  • As the role involves working with vulnerable adults, all volunteers will need a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) criminal records check

Development and support

  • You will have ongoing support from your manager, other staff and other volunteers.
  • Mandatory training may be required to meet the current legislation dependent on role and additional training may be offered as appropriate.
  • You will be invited to attend volunteer meetings and receive regular communication from the charity.

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