Befriending Volunteer

Organisation Name: York Carers Centre

Organisation Address:
17 Priory Street, York, YO1 6ET

Organisation's Cause:

Type of Voluntary Activity:
Admin / Office Support
Befriending / Buddying

Location of Voluntary Activity:
Across York
At Home / Digitally

Role description:
The role would be to support carers through our befriending, listening and sitting service. It would give volunteers the opportunity to provide carers with a companion, a listening ear and a break from their caring role. In regular circumstances this could be done by volunteers offering a couple of hours free time to take carers out, for example to a group, meeting, appointment, to the shops etc. Alternatively, by spending a few hours sitting with the cared for person while the carer goes out.

Currently however, as a result of the pandemic, carer contact is currently by phone and/or online provision.

These services aim to support carers who are lonely, isolated and in need of a few hours company or respite.

Skills and behaviours needed for the role:
Communication, Interpersonal, Organisational, Admin and IT skills would be helpful

Will there be a DBS check? Yes

Driving Licence required? No

Volunteer's own vehicle required? No

Suitable for:
Ongoing Volunteering
Skilled Volunteer

What will the volunteer gain/benefit from:
We offer a warm welcome to all volunteers. As well as a comprehensive induction, training (safeguarding, carers training, boundaries, communication etc. as well as access to the City of York Council's Mylo online training), access to a regular volunteer support group, regular supervision and support, we also encourage volunteers to become part of our team to support carers. Hopefully the role with enable volunteers to feel part of a team and enhance their existing organisational, IT and communication skills as well as their knowledge and understanding of the need to support unpaid carers.

When are volunteers needed: Immediately

How to get involved:
For an application pack please email for the attention of Samantha Ferguson, Training & Volunteer Officer.

Download application form

Web link: Click here

Closing date: 01-12-2021