Have you got some spare time on your hands? Have a read through the volunteer profile below and if you’re interested, send us an email or pop along to one of our drop-in sessions in Newbury.
Objective of Role
To prevent and reduce social isolation throughout West Berkshire by supporting vulnerable people to look after themselves, live independently and have a good quality of life. This will be done by signposting and encouraging people to recognise and develop their own strengths and stay safe and well in their own homes. This will enable Eight Bells Community Strength to help communities to develop their own strength and resilience.
Tasks and activities
Visit people in their homes, getting to know them and what is important to them.
Provide personalised information, advice and support to people using the service and signpost or refer them to appropriate activities, services and support which will help to meet their needs.
Provide support to people to give them the confidence to develop skills to find solutions and access information themselves online
Attend services and support sessions with the people you support when necessary
Develop, build and maintain relationships and knowledge of what is going on in the local area including community based groups and services.
Keep an up-to-date record of the progress and referrals you have made on behalf of the people you are supporting
Work with the Community Strength Coordinator to ensure the success of the service and flag any concerns or issues regarding individuals that you consider to be outside the parameters of project.
Undertake and engage in any appropriate training that will support you in the role.
Skills, Qualities and Experience
We want people with the right attitude and qualities and are looking for people who have empathy with others and want to share a bit of their time, life and work experiences.
Ideally volunteers will have:
- Good communication skills and the ability to engage with people.
- Good listening skills
- Personal organisational skills
- Computer literate
- Ability to think creatively
- Flexible/Non-judgemental approach and ability to respect confidentiality
- Local knowledge and a desire to make a difference for the community where you live
- Other useful attributes for our volunteers to have are:
Reliability Honesty Realism
Patience Approachability Commitment
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