People living with a life-limiting or terminal illness often struggle with loneliness and social isolation. Compassionate Neighbours can really make a difference and offer some extra support. They are a network of trained volunteers who offer their time, companionship and a listening ear to people living in their community who are coping with illness or old age.
You will be assigned a 'Community Member' who you would visit on a weekly basis. You would meet on a social and emotional basis, have a chat and a cup of tea or even go out together to help that person access the local community.
What skills do I need?
The skills / experience / personal qualities you will need:
• Listening skills.
• Confident to meet with a community member and to start a relationship that will develop in time..
• Able to apply the key skills outlined in our training to your Compassionate Neighbour relationship.
• Reliable - ensuring you stick to your mutually agreed meet times.
• Able to retain confidentiality of personal information, and able to recognise when you would need pass on information to others - for instance if someone was at risk of harm.
You will need to be over 18 to become a Compassionate Neighbour.
- DBS check required
- Equal opportunities policy
- Expenses reimbursed
When agreed in advance
- Health and Safety Policy
- Ongoing support
- Suitable for under 18s
- Training provided
- Volunteer induction
- Volunteer policy
- Volunteers covered by insurance
- Written role description
When can I volunteer?
Start Date: 21/02/2018
End Date: 31/12/2019
This opportunity is flexible. 1. Initially you will need to attend a training programme that will cover all aspects of being a Compassionate Neighbour. This training is around 12 hours in total and may be delivered over 2 days or split into smaller se