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.
Approximately 2-3 hours per week (including travelling and admin time). This can be flexible as volunteers make their own appointments.
DBS (criminal records) check
Various locations in Sheffield at the homes of older people.
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.