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Social Care Volunteers


Volunteering

Why volunteer?
 

There are many reasons why individuals choose to volunteer and there are a number of benefits that an individual can gain from volunteering these include:

• Having a rewarding experience
• Learning new skills
• Strengthening existing skills
• Become more confident
• Helps as a bridge to employment
• Gain training and experience
• Meet new people and give a chance to socialise
• Get to know the local community
• Gaining confidence
• Wanting to make a difference to the lives of others
 

Volunteering within Adult Care Services

 
Adult Care Services provide a wide range of care and support to people across the borough. We promote a culture of enablement, re-enablement and well- being and we are dedicated to providing services with, not simply for the community. Adult Care Services is also about the ability to stay in control and connected with the community and we need your help to achieve this direction.

Within Adult Care Services we have a number of opportunities for volunteering these include:

 
• Volunteer Admin Worker
You will support a number of teams with general administration tasks to support the running of all services for example this could include:
- Computer work – sending letter / inputting information
- Conducting telephone surveys with users of Adult Care to find out what they think of services
- Supporting publicity events – handing out flyers / creating packs of information


• Volunteer Befriender
This volunteer opportunity involves providing company to service users who may otherwise become socially isolated by spending time with someone in their own home or on social activities.
You need to be reliable, friendly, be a good listener and good communication skills.

 
• Volunteer Driver
If you enjoy driving, are safety conscious and enjoy meeting people this volunteer opportunity is for you!
You will support service users by providing a safe, comfortable and reliable travelling service to attend various appointments as required based on their individual needs.
You will need your own fully maintained and insured vehicle and a full UK driving licence.


• Volunteer Handyperson
 To support the running of a number of services by carrying out routine maintenance within the establishments for example:
- changing light bulbs
- gardening
- painting
- running errands

 
• Volunteer Support Worker
We are looking to find a number of Volunteers to support service users in a range of social situations where they have a common shared interest to enable service users to get out and about and live a happy and fulfilled live. Examples of activities you maybe involved in include:
- watching football
- walking group
- attending church
- photography

You do not need to have any specific qualifications for this role but you should be friendly, reliable, trustworthy and have good communication skills.


• Volunteer Receptionist 
This is a great opportunity for someone to gain experience of working in an office environment and working within a social care team.

The role will involve supporting a range of tasks including computer work, answering the telephone, responding to emails, filing, preparing rooms for activities and welcoming visitor to the establishment.

Ideally you should have experience of working with computers, good communication skills and be able to work as part of a team as well as on our own imitative.
• Volunteer Mystery Shopper

As part of this opportunity you would involved in testing the services that we provide from the view of the service user so that we can ensure that we are meeting the needs of people.

You should have good communication and written skills. In addition we would value input from someone with an Adults service user background


• Volunteer Activity Organiser
We are looking to find a number of volunteers who are able to develop and support service users with a range of activities within a residential and day care setting
These could include:
- doing social activities
- supporting service users on a one to one basis
- supporting service users with teas, drinks
- helping at meal times

You should have good communications skills and be creative in developing social activities that would meet the needs of service users

Volunteers who are interested in gaining experience within the department are required to complete an expression of interest form indicating what they hope to gain from the volunteering experience and how this will help them in the future. This will be used to match Volunteers to the right volunteer opportunity.

Volunteers will be invited in by the Volunteer Supervisor for an informal discussion and references requested including Criminal Records Bureau Checks (if required), before a Volunteer opportunity can be offered.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer for Adult Social Care please download the application form and return to Volunteer Co-Ordinator, Workforce, Town Hall, Knowsley Street, Bury, BL9 0SW or e-mail adultcare.volunteers@bury.gov.uk 


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