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A volunteer companion enables individuals with a caring responsibility for an adult with health needs to take some time away from their caring role. 

The volunteer will spend time with the looked after person whilst their main carer is away. The role is a befriending role. You will not be expected to do any personal care or to give any medications.

All adults using the service will have one or more health issues that have an impact on their day-to-day life. This may include dementia, Parkinson’s disease, heart or breathing difficulties such as COPD, mental health problems, stroke, learning disability or a physical health issue. The level of support required will therefore vary on a case by case basis and we will only match you with someone you are comfortable volunteering with.

The volunteering role involves befriending a person through making visits to them in their home. Northamptonshire Carers provide support to unpaid carers across the whole of the county but you would be volunteering in a location local to you. 


Skills

            Understanding

•          Caring and trustworthy

•          Patient

•          Empathetic

•          Good communication skills

•          Willing to undergo training and improve knowledge and awareness of adults with health

issues.

 

Whilst previous experience is not essential it may prove helpful to this role if you have:

·         Worked in the caring professions, for example, social care, social work or nursing.

·         Have skills that are transferable from either work or life experience (for example, having been in a caring role yourself or supported another family member in a caring role).

·         Working in an unsupervised setting

 

Details

  • Age restrictions
    You must be over the age of 18 yrs.
  • DBS check required
  • Equal Opportunities Policy
  • Expenses reimbursed
    Travel expenses will be paid for any visits you make
  • Ongoing support
  • Training provided
    Together with lone worker training, it is possible that dependent on the needs of the person you are supporting, you may be offered some training in dementia awareness.
  • Volunteer induction
  • Volunteer Policy
  • Volunteers covered by insurance
  • Written role description

When do I need to be available?

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Availability Details

It is anticipated that for this role you would be able to commit between 2 and 3 hours a week or, the same amount of time fortnightly or monthly between the hours of 9am and 5pm Monday-Friday.
Volunteering is flexible and enables you to offer your time on a day that suits you and the hours that suit you. In this way it is possible to fit in some volunteering around your other commitments and interests.

Register your Interest

Interests

  • Civic Responsibility and Communities
  • Disability
  • Health and Social Care
  • Mental Health
  • No specific interest
  • Older People

Activities

  • Supporting People and Befriending

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