What is a Home Support Volunteer?
When cancer, or any life-threatening illness is diagnosed, a Brigitte Trust volunteer offers emotional support and practical help at home. You will visit the same client each week and give your time to listen, as well as practical tasks like transport and shopping trips… or even a chance to go out for a drive and a cup of tea together.
Offering this time to listen can be the greatest support of all at a time of anxiety and change.
What’s in it for you?
As a Brigitte Trust volunteer you will join a friendly and hugely supportive charity, build skills and confidence and receive training and support every step of the way. Our volunteers have said that above all they feel valued and supported, have made new friends and have used the skills learned at The Brigitte Trust in many aspects of their own lives.
Volunteers are encouraged to attend our popular “taster sessions” to learn more about our charity without obligation . If you feel our work is right for you, an informal interview will follow before the free 6-session training course, which covers every aspect of the volunteer role. We ask our volunteers to give 3 hours face to face with our clients each week at a fixed day of their choice.
This role will suit people who…
Have empathy, patience and tolerance of the needs of others and a non-judgemental approach plus willingness to learn and grow. No nursing or medical background is necessary and male and female volunteers of all ages are warmly welcomed.
Location of volunteering role: Opportunities throughout Surrey
About The Brigitte Trust
The Brigitte Trust is an independent Queen’s Award winning charity that has been visiting people in Surrey for over 35 years. Trained and supported volunteers visit people in their own homes, primarily offering emotional support, time to listen and share. In addition to this various practical tasks are offered, including transport to appointments and for hospital treatment, shopping trips and social time.
Volunteers do not offer personal care, lifting and handling but can prepare a light meal and other similar tasks.
We are looking for volunteers who are empathetic, kind, caring, supportive and good listeners, .
No experience is necessary other than openness and a willingness to learn.
Free training and supervision is provided.
3 - 4 hours weekly (3 hours face to face plus possible travel time)
Voluntary Action Reigate & Banstead
Runnymede Borough Council
Crossroads Care Surrey
Surrey County Council
Submit a quick enquiry to express your interest in this opportunity.