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Support At Home Volunteer (British Red Cross)
Location Causeway area
Description

The British Red Cross helps people in crisis, whoever and wherever they are. We are part of a global voluntary network, responding to conflicts, natural disasters and individual emergencies. We enable people vulnerable to crisis in the UK and abroad to prepare for and withstand emergencies in their own communities. And when the crisis is over, we help them to recover and move on with their lives.

About this service In the UK:our health and social care work offers valuable time-limited support for individuals vulnerable to crisis. From people recovering from illness, surgery or an accident, to struggling with a life-changing event, Support at Home volunteers 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 health and social services colleagues, volunteers can make the difference in preventing an admission to hospital or supporting a timely discharge home.

Role Description:

 The aim of the Support at Home service is to place the person at the centre of what we do and help them get through a crisis by offering positive encouragement, practical help and emotional support, for a few days or for longer, depending on their needs.

Typical tasks include:

  • Visiting the service user on their arrival home from hospital
  • Keeping someone company for a few hours at a time
  • Helping with practical tasks like 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

What we are looking for :

We keep the beneficiary at the heart of what we do, working to understand their needs and the difference we make

You need to have:

  •  Good interpersonal, diplomacy, communication and teamwork skills and full training can be given for any necessary technical requirements
  •  Sensitivity when working with people vulnerable to crisis and an interest in their well-being
  • An ability to provide patient, positive encouragement with the aim of helping people to help themselves
  • An understanding of the differing physical needs of service users
  • Ability to work independently and as an effective member of a team
  • Willingness to attend volunteer induction and appropriate training for the role
  • This role requires a DBS/PVG check to the appropriate level
  • Uphold the Fundamental Principles of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and adhering to the Society’s Equal Opportunities Policy

What we offer:

  • The chance to work with a variety of different people from different walks of life and make a real difference to their lives
  • Recognition of the skills and experience you bring to the organisation with additional training given as required, so you can represent the Red Cross with confidence
  • A great opportunity to develop your existing skills and to gain new ones
  • The company of a warm and friendly team of like-minded people
  • Reimbursement of reasonable out-of-pocket expenses when on duty
  • Being a volunteer for the British Red Cross means that you can proudly say you are part of the world’s largest humanitarian organisation, and one of our 13 million volunteers across the world. Additional information

Additional:

  • Hours: As and when required
  • You are required to undertake 30 hours training.

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