Volunteer Buddies

We have volunteers who are trained as ‘Buddies’/Mentors who support people with a wide range of needs these include mental health issues, substance misuse, physical disabilities and the elderly living in the Brumby Ward (Westcliff, Riddings & surrounding neighbourhoods), who may feel lonely, isolated or lack confidence, to go to activities by themselves

We continually look for new volunteer recruits. There is no need for experience as we provide any training necessary and are fully supportive throughout your time with us.  Volunteers can give as much or as little of their time as they can spare. It’s great experience for anyone looking to work in Adult Social Care, Voluntary sector, community work or something worthwhile to do in your spare time.

About the opportunity

We are ;

looking for anyone aged 18+, who is interested in providing regular support on a one to one basis to individuals who may feel lonely/isolated? You may be looking into a career in care services?  Or retired and looking for something meaningful to do in your spare time? If so, then why not become a Volunteer Buddy on our Ways to Wellness Project?

As a Buddy/Mentor your skills and personality will be matched appropriately to an individual who has requested support on a one to one basis. Everyone has different needs therefore what they require will be determined on their circumstances.

Some of your responsibilities could be:

  • Offer emotional support,
  • Support to attend appointments,
  • Provide encouragement and guidance
  • Support to get involved in their community and activities
  • Help individuals achieve specific goals
  • support to develop skills needed to achieve greater independence.

*You will not be expected to provide any personal care*

What are we looking for?

  • A person who can give 3 or more hours per week, Monday to Sunday to be agreed.
  • You will need to be non-judgemental, caring and have a willingness to listen/support others.
  • You do not need any qualifications to become a Buddy/Mentor as full training will be given and you will be supported throughout your volunteering experience.

Benefits to volunteer

Volunteers will have the opportunity to develop new skills and be part of wider team and to learn about the way a charitable organisation operates.

You will also gain work experience in the social care field within the Third sector and have access to training and gain new qualifications

If you are interested in volunteering please get in touch here or via the contact information in the sidebar, or call into Westcliff Community Works at The arc and have a chat with Linsey, Rae or Linda.