Volunteers needed for the Carers Sitting Service

Do you have a few hours to spare? If so you might be interested in becoming a volunteer with the Carers Sitting Service.

 

What's involved?

The Carers Sitting Service gives a break to those who have a caring responsibility for a husband, wife, partner, parent, relative or friend. Sitting sessions take the form of befriending and involve meeting the same person in their own home.

 

We are seeking volunteer befrienders to add to the existing team. As a befriender you would be visiting someone local to you. Volunteers do not give personal care or cook meals, undertake cleaning or do shopping. It is important that you are comfortable meeting new people, understanding, patient and a good listener.

 

About you

  • You must be over the age of 18 and be available for a few hours a week during the period 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday
  • You could be working, taking a break from paid employment, seeking work or be retired
  • You may have been a carer yourself and appreciate the value of getting a few hours break
  • You might have worked in social care, social work or nursing and feel you want to use your skills and experience to benefit people in your local area
  • Perhaps you are looking to gain experience before looking at a career in social care, social work or nursing
  • All volunteer have an informal interview, will need to complete an application form and provide two references. If you are successful we will request a disclosure and barring service (DBS) check, which we will pay for.
  • Travel expenses will be paid for any visits you make.

 

Interested in volunteering?

 

Please complete our online form or alternatively download an application form Volunteer_Befriender_Application_Form.doc

If you would like to discuss this further, please contact Adam Wilson on 01933 677837 or email [email protected]

This is a service run by Carers Trust East Midlands in partnership with Northamptonshire Carers.