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Independent Age

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Independent Age offers older people regular contact, a campaigning voice and clear, free & impartial advice.

Assessing Volunteer 2018/19

This opportunity is ongoing, with no end date.

Do you like meeting new people? Are you observant and empathetic? Do you have a talent for putting people at ease? Assessing Volunteers make an initial phone call and then visit an older person to see how we can help. On your visit, you’ll discuss any issues and identify how we can support them.

What skills do I need?

- Some experience in a similar role or environment - To be aware of the needs of the older person at all times - Have a keen interest in older people and the issues of later life - Be reliable, consistent and dependable - Be patient, empathetic and non-judgemental - A clear speaking voice- essential to being understood as some of the older people we support have hearing loss - Confident in asking questions and follow up questions to fully understand a person’s circumstances

What will I gain?

Excellent experience for anyone looking to enter a health or social care field.

Training and support

Volunteers in this role will have extensive contact with their Independent Age contact as well as regular supervisions. Volunteers will receive safeguarding training and in-depth Role Specific training, including shadowing visits and supervised sessions initially. Regular volunteer get-togethers take place throughout the year and include training and networking opportunities for volunteers.

Time commitment

Approximately 2-3 hours per week (including travelling and admin time). This can be flexible as volunteers make their own appointments.

Food

No

Travel

Yes

Childcare

No

DBS (criminal records) check

Yes

Location

Various locations in Sheffield at the homes of older people.

Travel information

Own transport is a benefit in this role as older people's homes are not always on public transport routes. Mileage costs and public transport costs are reimbursable.
  • CausesHealth, Older people, Social isolation
  • FrequencyFlexible
  • WhenMonday morning, Monday afternoon, Monday evening, Tuesday morning, Tuesday afternoon, Tuesday evening, Wednesday morning, Wednesday afternoon, Wednesday evening, Thursday morning, Thursday afternoon, Thursday evening, Friday morning, Friday afternoon, Friday evening, Saturday morning, Saturday afternoon, Saturday evening, Sunday morning, Sunday afternoon, Sunday evening
  • Skills and InterestsAdministration, Befriending, Listening
  • Careers and AspirationsMedicine and healthcare, Social work, Third sector and charity work

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