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We have exciting volunteering opportunities across a range of functions within Carers Trust East Midlands, and would love to welcome new Volunteers to come and work with us.
So could you be our next Volunteer?
Volunteers are an essential and valued part of the Carers Trust East Midlands team.
Can you bring your enthusiasm & energy to allow us to promote a better sense of wellbeing for both carers and those they cared for?
If so, we have a wide variety of roles and opportunities to suit you.
The Volunteer support service provides support by giving a break to those who have a caring responsibility for a husband, wife, partner, parent, relative or friend. We offer a befriending service (no personal care is involved) where you will visit people in their own homes usually for 2-3 hours on a weekly or fortnightly basis.
Our thorough assessment process which takes into account, location, personality and availability, allows us to make a suitable match, which we feel is essential for everyone involved.
You will be invited to meet our team for an informal chat, attend our certificated training day and ensure you receive on-going support. Travel expenses will be paid for any visits you make.
Helping out at Carers Support Groups:
There are a variety of these groups across the county, who always welcome a new face, especially people who can help with chatting to carers. The aim is to be able to provide a safe and supportive environment for them to share their caring experiences.
This allows peer support, where carers not only share experiences & knowledge, but also enhance their own coping skills.
We also provide care through various Day Centres where occasional volunteering opportunities may arise.
We can offer a fantastic opportunity to volunteer alongside our Support Workers who provide help & advice to carers over the phone. You will be volunteering within an experienced and enthusiastic team providing much needed support to carers across the region. You will receive full training in this volunteering role. Experience of using IT is essential.
As a volunteer, we understand the need for flexibility, so you choose how often you wish to give your time. Although you don’t need any formal qualifications to become a volunteer, it is important that you are understanding, patient and a good listener.
Call Lisa Deane on 0115 962 8920 or contact via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“I started as a volunteer with Carers Trust last June. I visit an elderly couple that have no local relatives and a gentleman who requires companionship after an operation that has limited his mobility. I soon built up a rapport with these clients, and now it feels as if I am visiting old friends. We sit chatting about a range of topics and have plenty of laughs along the way. I am aware that they do not get many visitors so hopefully those few hours a week we spend together helps raise their spirits. And I also feel energised for having spent time with people who have lots of interesting stories to tell.”
“I am totally bowled over by Lisa Deane and her team. From the time I made contact with Lisa, she has shown me the utmost respect and compassion which has been very touching. I am housebound and had no way of getting out and was feeling very desperate and alone. A massive thank you to Lisa who has gone out of her way to find the perfect match of a volunteer. We get on so well and I could not ask for a nicer person to be coming once a week to take me out. I so look forward to this day and I could not ask for a nicer person to be coming once a week to take me out. I so look forward to this day and plan what we can do way in advance. It is a truly wonderful service - I would be so stuck and isolated without you. THANK YOU.”
“We have had a volunteer befriender visit us for nearly a year now. She looks after my wife providing much needed stimulation for about three hours – taking her for walks, reading with her, looking at pictures and doing jig-saws, amongst other things. This provides me with an opportunity to do things on my own without having to worry where my wife is and what she is doing. Normally, if the weather is OK, I use the time for an opportunity am normally to catch up with jobs in the garden.”
"As a professional person I am aware of the importance in maintaining good mental health. The feeling of self-worth gained by social stimulation and inclusion is paramount to improving a person’s quality of life. I have referred many people to the befriending service, the feedback I have received has been outstanding, nothing more than “fantastic” Carers and cared for cannot praise this enough, from the moment of assessment to being matched with a suitable volunteer. The service is providing comfort and hope. Who would believe that a simple gift of time would reap so many benefits, and play such an important role in allowing people to start “living again” (real descriptive words said to myself). I wonder if the volunteers really know how special they are, I do as I am reminded by the carers and cared for whom receive this wonderful service"