Can anyone become a volunteer?
Yes. However, the adult social care regulatory body, the Care Quality Commission, dictates volunteers must be aged 18 and over.
Do I need previous experience of working in the sector?
No, previous experience is not necessary. We are more interested in your personal qualities such as kindness, patience, being friendly and possessing good people and communication skills.
We are looking for volunteers to come in and share their hobbies and interests. Many residents enjoy reminiscing and talking about the old days, about how times have changed or partaking in an activity. Others just enjoy having a little companionship to share in their day so volunteers should be good listeners and good communicators.
Do I have to commit to certain times?
This will be discussed during your chat with the home manager. We understand that you may only have a couple of hours a week or more. Anything you can provide will be met with delight from our staff team and residents. It’s your free time your providing after all.
What do I do next?
You will need to meet with the home manager for an informal chat. This is nothing to be concerned about, it is a simple chat to find out about you and why you would like to become a volunteer and what hours you can do. We like to learn more about you and about your hobbies and interests. This provides you with a great opportunity to find out about the home and the type of care provided there.