Volunteers make a huge difference to carers’ lives
There are many different ways that you can help to support the Gloucestershire Carers Hub and our carers.
As a volunteer with the Gloucestershire Carers Hub, you will become a valuable part of our team and as such you will receive all the training and support that you need to fulfil your role. There will be an opportunity for you to develop your skills and to access many internal courses alongside the paid employees.
There are opportunities for you to volunteer at our Gloucester office, but there are also many chances for you to support carers within your own community.
Please be aware that all volunteers with The Gloucestershire Carers Hub are subject to a DBS check and we will ask you for 2 references. Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age.
If you can spare us a few hours a week then here are just a few of the opportunities we have to volunteer with us:
Volunteer Group Facilitator – We have a great number of support groups in and around Gloucestershire and we need the support of professional but approachable people to support a group that is close to them. Our support groups are a chance for carers to have a well-earned break with other carers, as well as receiving invaluable support and advice from one of the Gloucestershire Carers Hub team and guest speakers.
As a volunteer you will ensure that anyone who is coming along to one of our groups for the first time is greeted by a friendly person who will support them until they are settled. You will make light conversation with everyone and make sure that they have refreshments. You will also be able to join in with some fun activities and meet many interesting people.
Telephone befriender – Could you spare a few hours to offer friendship and support over the telephone to someone who is otherwise isolated in their own home?
Many carers become both physically and emotionally isolated from the outside world, having very little time for themselves to see friends or follow an interest.
As a telephone befriender you will offer support with a weekly telephone call which will allow the carer to talk about the pressures of their role, the issues that have come up in a week or just discuss the soaps with someone who has an empathetic ear and a non-judgmental disposition.
As a telephone befriender you will make an enormous difference to our carers, helping them immeasurably to cope with the pressures of the caring role.
Information pack collators and mail shot supporters – Volunteers are needed to help us keep on top of the constant need for information packs and to help with the administration and distribution of our magazines and other literature. This role is a non-IT based admin role. It is office based and there are opportunities to assist with other administrative tasks, such as filing, shredding and photocopying.
It is essential that we provide new carers with the information and contact details they require and for this we need a constant supply of information packs and literature. We also need support when we send out our newsletter and information about events as this is always a mammoth task.
Data inputter – For us to efficiently deliver our many services to the carers we support, we need our client database to be kept up to date.
As a volunteer data inputter you will to assist our busy advisers by keeping our Carers contact information current and logging onto the system phone calls and visits that have been made to Carers, as well as keeping a record of the groups that they have attended. This can involve quite complex inputting procedures.
Hospital and GP Ambassador – we are looking for volunteers to attend the local hospitals and GPs surgeries to talk to staff and patients about our services and how to make referrals.
Events Support – A number of fun and informative events will take place across the year and we’d love people to get involved in the running of them. This could mean helping out with refreshments, signing in and simply being on hand to ensure the smooth running of the event.
If you feel that you can help us in any other way, please contact us and make a suggestion.
Volunteers can make a real difference to a carer’s life