Brendoncare Club Volunteering

Brendoncare aims to improve the quality of life for older people.

What does it do?

Our community clubs are currently closed but we are providing regular telephone contact to our members to support them at this difficult time and help them feel that they are not alone. The telephone support service can also provide a valuable point of contact for members who are temporarily or permanently unable to attend their normal club due to ill health, caring responsibilities, etc.

Brendoncare Clubs are looking for volunteers to help us deliver this vital service to the members of our clubs and other older people in our communities.

You will need a phone and a quiet area in your home to make the calls on regular agreed days, or be part of our central office based team in Winchester. It does not matter where you live geographically as long as you can access our training online if not in the office.

Some of the calls will be a quick and friendly 10 minute chat to check that the member is doing ok. Other calls might be significantly longer, particularly with those people who are more isolated. At times you might find them feeling lonely and low so you will need to be able to empathise with what they are feeling and try to brighten their day. We are finding that many of our members feel that bit better after a chat with one of our volunteers, even though their situation hasn’t really changed. You will also be expected to identify anyone who is experiencing real difficulties whether practical or emotional and feed that information back to your manager so additional support can be offered.

We can be really flexible and work with you to find times that suit you, we just ask that calls are made to members once that has been agreed with them. This is a role that can fit around your other commitments and your call list can be tailored to fit the time you have available. 

Who it is for?

Brendoncare aims to improve the quality of life for older people, and our local networks of social/activity clubs are vital in combating loneliness and social isolation. They enable our members to develop relationship networks and each club aims to respond to the interests, needs, aspirations and choices of each individual.

Where it is available?

Regional service (Dorset, Hampshire).

How to access or apply for it:

For an application pack contact volunteering@brendoncare.org.uk or phone 01962 852133.


What to expect then:

We will require a completed application, 2 references and completion of a DBS check

Additional information:

As a Brendoncare volunteer you will receive a full induction and further training. Any expenses incurred will be reimbursed.

Classification(s):

Info last updated:

16/12/2020
Provider

Community Support Service

The Brendoncare Foundation, The Old Malthouse, Winchester, Hampshire, SO23 7DU