Volunteer Befriending, sitting and listening service

The befriending, sitting and listening service aims to support carers who are lonely, isolated and in need of a few hours company or respite. As a volunteer you will be matched with a carer to help the carer take a break. This may be by providing listening, companionship or support to a carer and/or the person they care for. You will not be expected to provide specialist nursing care or administer medication. The service can be provided for an agreed amount of sessions within a 12 month period.
The role is to support unpaid carers through our befriending, listening and sitting service.

York Carers Centre is an independent charity and a network member of the national Carers Trust. We work in partnership with carers, statutory and voluntary organisations to ensure unpaid carers throughout York have access to confidential information, advice and support. We work with carers to influence positive change in service delivery with local government, employers and health providers.

We support carers of all ages; adults, young adults (18 to 25) and young carers (5 to 18). Our funding comes from a variety of sources and our principal funders are the City of York Council and the Vale of York Clinical Commissioning Group. We rely on grants from charitable trusts and on donations and fundraising to enable us to deliver specific projects.

Location: York | Organisation: York Carers Centre

Hours: 2-3 hours per week, fortnight or month as agreed with the carer

Benefits:
This is a great opportunity to learn more about York Carers Centre and the work we do to support unpaid carers. The benefits include: Training: induction, carer awareness, listening/communication skills, boundaries, safeguarding and first aid - as well as access to training via the City of York council. Regular support and supervision: access to a monthly support group and/or 1-1 supervision as required. Out of pocket expenses: bus fairs, mileage. Opportunities to progress and support other areas within the charity such as the Young carers team, young adult team, reception etc.

Closing date: 30-09-2020

How to get involved:
Complete an application form and hand deliver or post it to: York Carers Centre 17 Priory Street York YO1 6ET For the attention of Samantha Ferguson, Training & Volunteer Officer Alternatively email it to: enquiries@yorkcarerscentre.co.uk

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