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Community Volunteer

Community Volunteer

  • Location:

    Birmingham, West Midlands

  • Sector:

    Volunteer

  • Contract type:

    Volunteer

  • Contact:

    Volunteers

  • Contact email:

    volunteers@tpp.co.uk

  • Job ref:

    LF1985_1575456976

  • Published:

    10 days ago

  • Expiry date:

    2020-01-03

About the opportunity

Home from Hospital Care is a charity providing support to adults in Birmingham and Sandwell who have recently been discharged from hospital. We aim to make the transfer from hospital to home as positive and supported as possible, so that patients have the best chance of making a good recovery.

We provide a range of support including befriending, support with shopping, emotional support, benefits advice, support to attend medical appointments, help with correspondence and form filling, a sitting-in service for carers and a cleaning and handy-man service. The service is for six weeks and it is free of charge.

We are currently recruiting volunteers in Birmingham and Sandwell, from all backgrounds and with all levels of experience. Volunteers are most commonly involved in befriending and shopping, but they can get involved in other aspects of the support should they wish.

Following DBS checks and training, we match volunteers with a service user, who they support for an hour each week for a six-week period. Visits can be more frequent if the volunteer feels able to commit to this. At the end of the period of support, the volunteer can take a break, or be matched with another service user. It is important that volunteers commit to the six-week period so that the support provided is reliable and consistent.

We can also support volunteers to gain an NVQ2 with Free Courses in England in a range of subjects including Falls Prevention and Working in Health and Social Care.

About Home From Hospital Care

Home From Hospital Care is a charity providing aftercare for people who have recently been discharged from hospital. We support Birmingham residents in Birmingham Hospitals and, since January 2019, we also support Sandwell residents who have been admitted to City Hospital.

The charity was established in 1972 and aimed to enhance the safety of hospital discharges. Today, we are an essential part of the discharge planning process. We work to optimise recovery, reduce loneliness and isolation and to enhance wellbeing. Our support significantly reduces the risk of re-admission to hospital.

We provide a range of support including befriending, support with shopping, emotional support, benefits advice, support to attend medical appointments, support with correspondence and form filling, a sitting-in service for carers and a cleaning and handy-man service. The service is for six weeks and it is free.

Volunteers help us deliver the service and are most commonly involved in befriending and shopping. We are currently recruiting volunteers in Birmingham and Sandwell. Following DBS checks and training, we match volunteers with a service user who they support for an hour each week for a six-week period. Visits can be more frequent if the volunteer feels able to commit to this. At the end of the period of support, the volunteer can take a break, or be matched with another service user. It is important that volunteers commit to the six-week period so that the support provided is reliable and consistent. We can also support volunteers to gain an NVQ2 with Free Courses in England in a range of subjects including Falls Prevention and Working in Health and Social Care.

An illness or injury and a hospital admission can be a difficult and life changing experience. Many people face this alone, or with little support. Having someone there in the weeks following this event to provide practical support, listen, comfort and reassure can transform lives, and we have seen this happen time and time again.

What are they looking for?

Home From Hospital Care is looking for compassionate and committed volunteers who can show empathy and stand in solidarity with people going through particularly difficult times in their lives. It is important that volunteers are able to commit to at least an hour each week for a 6 week period.

An illness or injury followed by a hospital admission can be a difficult and life changing experience. Many people face this alone, or with little support. Having someone following this event to provide practical support, listen, comfort and reassurance can transform lives, and we have seen this happen time and time again.

Practical Considerations

Home From Hospital will cover all volunteer travel expenses.

Please email simon.day@home-from-hospital-care.org.uk.