Crossroads Care Surrey Community Support
Volunteer role – Crossroads Care Surrey Community Support
- Know that you are making a valuable contribution in supporting Carers in your local area
- Acquire new skills and confidence
- Make new friends.
The role will help Crossroads Care Surrey in responding to Covid-19 by supporting the delivery of essential shopping for vulnerable people and carers that are isolated or shielding at home. With access to your own vehicle you will respond to requests made by the Community Support Co-ordinator to complete a shopping trip for a vulnerable client. We will support clients to make online shopping orders which you would be responsible for collecting from the relevant shop and delivering to the client.
You are not asked to respond to every request, however we request that you are available to receive calls 5 days a week between 9-5.30pm, so should you be available and willing to respond at the time of the call we can count on you.
If you are interested in taking this role on alongside another volunteer role, such as Companion or Befriender, we would be more than happy to consider you for those you are interested in.
SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE NEEDED
- Access to a phone, tablet or PC and willingness to connect to cloud-based telephone and rostering systems an advantage, but not essential.
General caring skills which will include:
- Sense of humour
- Listening skills
- Honesty and reliability
Available to take calls with requests up to 5 days per week. We would ask you to commit to engaging in a minimum of 3 trips per week.
SUPPORT FOR YOU
- Regular support and supervisions from Care Operations team staff
- Certificated e-learning trainings
- Reimbursement of travel costs
- An enhanced DBS check, which the company will provide; and
- Two relevant satisfactory references
Crossroads Care Employer`s Liability Insurance provides cover for its volunteers.
Crossroads Care is Surrey's leading charity providing respite care support to Carers. We've been working across Surrey for over 30 years, with our core purpose being to improve the quality of life of unpaid carers and those they are caring for.
COVID-19 Emergency Response
As a result of Coronavirus, Crossroads swiftly implemented a response by providing essential shopping and prescription collection services to carers and to other vulnerable people that were isolated at home. We provided regular wellbeing calls to check in on people to see how they were coping and to offer support with shopping. We're now developing a volunteer based Outreach Support and Telephone Befriending with Digital Tech project largely in response to Covid, but which enable us to continue to support people who need it with shopping and prescription collections, and also with support in learning and using digital technology. We are seeking new volunteers who are interested in providing Outreach Support and / or Telephone or Digital Befriending.
As an Outreach Support Volunteer you would support people living in the same borough as yourself with shopping and prescription collections. We would provide you with appropriate PPE and pay any related fuel costs.
As a Befriender you would support carers and other older people, or those being cared for, who are feeling isolated and alone and who would benefit from having someone to speak to simply to chat about life, the weather, local services and events etc. We're interested in hearing from volunteers who are relatively IT savvy and would be able to connect to our Cloud based phone system to make telephone or virtual calls to clients. We'd also like volunteers to get involved with an exciting new Befriending with digital tech project, through which you would be able to support people in learning to use, or building confidence in using laptops, smart phones and tablets. Even if you're not computer savvy, but would benefit from being a befriender yourself, please get in touch.
We're also looking for new Trustee's to join us now, so if you're interested in supporting us in leading the development of respite services for carers in Surrey, please enquire through our website www.crossroadscaresurrey.org.uk
We are also always looking for people that are interested in other volunteering roles, including by offering support in care or club settings, in the community or in the head office.
If you are interested in becoming part of our Surrey wide team and being involved in providing support to your community, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to request a volunteer pack.
We'd love to hear from you... if you have a good understanding of what it's like to be a carer and are looking to give something back through volunteering.