CARA: Volunteer With Us


CARA Irish Communities Together through COVID-19 is an exciting programme led by Irish Community Care; where Irish organisations across the North West of England have come together to deliver a dedicated COVID-19 response service. The aim is to support our communities to stay safe, well and connected through lockdown and beyond.

CARA (meaning ‘friend’ in Irish) is providing a vital helping hand and listening ear to people who are particularly vulnerable during the pandemic i.e. those who are self isolating, older, in poor physical or mental health; managing caring responsibilities and job loss, living alone far from family and friends.

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Volunteer Literacy Tutor

Do you want to make a long lasting, positive difference supporting somebody with learning to read and write? Are you an experienced tutor or somebody with bags of patience and enthusiasm who loves getting the best out of people? If so, then we want to hear from you!

As a Volunteer Literacy Tutor you will play a massive part in improving the life skills of our community members. You will be paired with a community member on a one-to-one basis where you will support and develop their reading and writing skills so that they can achieve personal, family or work goals. 

Don't worry, whilst we welcome applications from people with a background in teaching, no experience is necessary. We will provide you with all the training and course materials that you'll need. All we ask for in return is a minimum commitment of at least 3 months and your ability to perform your teaching in person. 

 

Befriending Calls

This is an opportunity for anybody who is friendly, outgoing, loves to talk to people and for someone who really wants to make a difference to our clients mental health & wellbeing.

As many of our clients are Irish living in Liverpool or of Irish descent, we welcome applicants who are local to the Liverpool City Region, are of Irish descent and/or have good knowledge of Irish History, Geography and Culture though this is not a necessity.

The aim is to provide regular, friendly chats to our clients which will help alleviate loneliness and social isolation during this difficult time. You will call the same person weekly, allowing you to build rapport with your buddy over time. Though working on your own from home, you will be part of a wider network of volunteers who work closely with the CARA Project Co-ordinator and our support workers to ensure that our clients remain safe and well throughout the pandemic.

The role will suit somebody who is able to develop long lasting, positive relationships with people, is a good listener and someone who is patient and empathetic with people who may be lonely.

Main Responsibilities:

• Taking a brief from the Project Co-ordinator on your client (we endeavour to pair clients with volunteers who share similar interests etc.)
• Making a regular telephone call to one (or more if it suits) of our clients for a general chat. The time and frequency can be arranged to suit both parties.
• Report any concerns or problems to the Project Co-ordinator immediately.
• To record information about the call to the Project Co-ordinator in a timely manner.

Key Skills and Abilities

• Excellent listening and communication skills
• Patience and sensitivity
• Non-judgemental; treating everyone with respect and dignity
• Understanding of confidentiality
• Reliability
• Flexibility
• Good knowledge of the Liverpool City Region and/or of Irish culture, history & geography are a bonus.

The Commitment

• A minimum of 30 minutes per week to make the phone calls and write up a brief report.
• We understand that volunteers need to make volunteering fit around other commitments so there is no    time limit on the length of service. However, we ask volunteers to commit to a minimum of 4 months if possible, so that our clients get the best out of the service and forge a meaningful friendship.


Our Commitment To You
• You will receive induction and ongoing training as part of your role.
• We will provide regular follow ups and support.
• We will keep you informed on the positive impact of your work and the difference it is making to our clients and our charity.
• We will happily provide you with references for further employment if necessary.
• We will also allow you the opportunity to have your say and to put your ideas across to support the CARA Programme.
• Reimbursement of out of pocket expenses.

This role involves working with vulnerable groups and you will therefore be asked to complete a DBS Disclosure. A criminal conviction will not necessarily prevent you from volunteering with CARA. If you would like to discuss this further, please contact: Andy Kelly, CARA Project Co-ordinator at: Andy.Kelly@iccm.org.uk

Shopping Pick up/Delivery

As many within our community will be shielding during this difficult time, we require volunteers who are able to purchase and deliver essential goods on an ad-hoc basis.

How it Works:

  • Our community case workers will receive a shopping request and pass it on to the Project Co-ordinator
  • Project co-ordinator will advertise the request via our volunteer WhatsApp Group.
  • If you're available at the time of the request, we will contact you with a shopping list and delivery details.
  • You purchase the items from a supermarket of your choice, making sure to take a photo of your receipt. 
  • Once purchased, you deliver the items to the person who requires them.
  • We reimburse you for the items you purchased.

Key Skills and Abilities

• Excellent listening and communication skills
• Patience and sensitivity
• Non-judgemental; treating everyone with respect and dignity
• Understanding of confidentiality
• Reliability
• Flexibility
• Good knowledge of the Liverpool City Region

The Commitment

With this opportunity you do not need to be available at any specific time as requests often come through sporadically. If you're not available at the time of the request then there's no need to worry and there's no minimum time requirement to fulfil this role. 

Our Commitment To You


• You will receive induction and ongoing training as part of your role.
• We will provide regular follow ups and support.
• We will keep you informed on the positive impact of your work and the difference it is making to our clients and our charity.
• We will happily provide you with references for further employment if necessary.
• We will also allow you the opportunity to have your say and to put your ideas across to support the CARA Programme.
• Reimbursement of out of pocket expenses.

Other Requirements:

You will need to have access to your own car with a full clean drivers licence. You car insurance should also cover for you for your voluntary duties.

This role involves working with vulnerable groups and you will therefore be asked to complete a DBS Disclosure. A criminal conviction will not necessarily prevent you from volunteering with CARA. If you would like to discuss this further, please contact: Andy Kelly, CARA Project Co-ordinator at: Andy.Kelly@iccm.org.uk

 

About Irish Community Care

Irish Community Care exists to identify and respond to the health and well being, social care and cultural needs of the Irish and Irish Traveller/Gypsy Traveller communities. We are a leading participant in the provision of support, information & guidance for all Irish, Irish Traveller and Gypsy Traveller communities.
 
Our aim is to ensure well informed, empowered and vibrant Irish communities across the North West of England.
 
We value, promote and celebrate our rich history, culture, heritage and the invaluable contribution our communities make to life here in the UK.
 
Our Services
 
At Irish Community Care, we have a dedicated team who can help you with a range of services.
 
Welfare & Benefit Enquiries
 
We work with you to make sure you are getting your entitlements, initial welfare benefits checks, form filling to representation at appeals and tribunals.
 
Housing Applications 
 
Whether your current living situation is unsuitable, or you are without a home – we will support you to find a suitable place to live.
 
Passport & Birth Certificate Advice 
 
We can assist with passport applications, offer guidance when applying first time or passport renewals.
 
Training & Employment 
 
Looking for work or training opportunities? Would you like help with reading, writing or learning to use a computer or laptop? The Directions Team are here to help get you get the right skills.
 
Social Inclusion
 
We can connect you to local activities, including group activities, yoga, mindfulness, Cuimhne memory support group and much more.
 
Cultural Activities
 
We encourage and promote Irish culture and heritage! We run a range of activities throughout the year from regular tea dances to seasonal events.
 
Criminal Justice
 
If you or a family member are in prison or in the Criminal Justice System we can support you through the journey, including settling in prison, transfers, release, parole hearings, family visits and more.
 
Students & Young people
 
Interested in connecting with Irish culture and communities? Or living as a student in Liverpool? We can help you discover all the city has to offer, from GAA clubs through to working closely with Universities and cultural partners on advice, welfare and exciting events.
 
Moving For Change
 
Exists to improve the quality of life for nomadic Gypsies and Travellers and the communities in which they live across the UK.
 
 
This is merely a snapshot of what Irish Community Care can offer, please get in touch and let us know how we can help. Contact us at admin@iccm.org.uk or call us on 0151 237 3987