Prevent isolation in your community – become a befriender
We all need a helping hand or listening ear – sometimes more so due to health, isolation or recovery following an operation. Local charity, Connection Support, are looking for volunteer befrienders to support their Prevention Matters clients to build a more fulfilling life in Buckinghamshire.
Prevention Matters help adults regain confidence, maintain independence and help them get out and about. The Community Support Workers support clients by finding help, signposting to other services, connect with others in the local community and provide encouragement to get involved in social events.
How you can make a difference to people’s lives as a Prevention Matters volunteer
- Increase or maintain social links such as attend local events, transport to coffee mornings
- Accompany clients on GP or hospital appointments
- Teach clients new digital skills such as email, Skype or how to search the web.
- Practical support in the garden or a spot of DIY in their home
- Assistance with hoarding disorder
- Support to a carer who is feeling isolated.
Connection Support feel that nobody can do everything but everyone can do something so volunteering is flexible to suit you.
For a chat about becoming a volunteer befriender with Connection Support please contact our Volunteer Co-ordinator in Buckinghamshire on 01296 484322 or email via firstname.lastname@example.org Further details can be found on connectionsupport.org.uk/volunteer.
Rough Sleeper Outreach Volunteer
The Connection Rough Sleeper Outreach Service (CRSOS) aims to support rough sleepers into stable, safe and sustainable accommodation, empowering the client to achieve and maintain independent living.
The main role of the Outreach Volunteer is to work alongside Connection’s Outreach Support Worker, to undertake early morning wake up calls on rough sleepers who have been identified or referred to the service.
Referrals to this service can be received at short notice so we are looking for a bank of volunteers who can be called upon, sometimes with just a day or two’s notice. Volunteers can choose to volunteer in their local area or further afield; we are looking for volunteers in high Wycombe, Aylesbury and the Chilterns.
As the Outreach work covers a large geographical, often rural area, having a car is an advantage but not a necessity as it may be possible to make alternative arrangements. Experience is not required as an induction to the service will be arranged for volunteers. Out-of-pocket expenses are also covered.
We ask all our volunteers to have a non-judgmental attitude, as you will be working with a wide variety of people. Many of those we work with have only very recently found themselves to be homeless which can be for a variety of reason, for example a breakdown of a relationship, unemployment, drugs or alcohol abuse.
Hours: Early mornings from 6 am for 2⅟2 – 3⅟2 hours (depending on your availability).
High Wycombe verifications take place daily. Aylesbury verifications are scheduled for two mornings a week.
This is an on going recruitment. We are always in need of volunteers.
To apply, volunteers can register online via The HIVE https://connectionsupport.ourhub.io/volunteer or contact email@example.com 01296 484322