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Host Organisation: British Red Cross

Enable people to regain their independence by providing practical and emotional support.

Opportunity Interests: Crisis or disaster relief, Health and Wellbeing services, Older People (60+), People with Disabilities, Social Activities, Social and Community Care, Women
Type of Activity: Support / Care Work
Location: Cheshire East, Crewe, Sandbach
Days and Times for the Opportunity: Monday AM, Monday PM, Tuesday AM, Tuesday PM, Wednesday AM, Wednesday PM, Thursday AM, Thursday PM, Friday AM, Friday PM

This role involves supporting people in their own home, or as they return home from hospital, allowing them to regain their independence. This can include visiting the service user on their arrival home from hospital and settling them in, supporting them with practical tasks such as shopping, collecting prescriptions and light meal preparation and referring to other services such as mobility aids and to other external services where appropriate.

We currently have a range of roles available around the Cheshire and Crewe areas

Volunteer Commitment: Long Term
Is a DBS check required for this role?: Yes
Skills and Qualifications Required:

We are looking for volunteers with great interpersonal, diplomacy, communication and teamwork skills.

The British Red Cross also requires the following of volunteers to this service:
•Sensitivity when working with people vulnerable to crisis and an interest in their well-being and regaining independence
•An ability to provide patient, positive encouragement with the aim of helping people to help themselves
•An understanding of the diverse physical needs of service users
•Ability to work independently and as an effective member of a team
•Willingness to attend volunteer induction and appropriate training for the role
•Must have full drivers license and access to a car

Full training will be given for any necessary technical requirements.

Are there any Gender or Age Restrictions?: Yes
Details of Gender or Age Restrictions: Volunteers must be 18+ to undertake this role
Do you have disabled access to the areas a volunteer would be sited?: Yes
Do you pay expenses?: Yes
If yes, for what and at what rate?:

Travel expenses paid

What support is available for the volunteer?:

We offer
•The chance to work with a variety of different people from different walks of life and make a real difference to their lives
•Recognition of the skills and experience you bring to the organisation with additional training given as required, so you can represent the Red Cross with confidence
•A great opportunity to develop your existing skills and to gain new ones
•The company of a warm and friendly team of like-minded people
•Reimbursement of reasonable out-of-pocket expenses when on duty
•Being a volunteer for the British Red Cross means that you can proudly say you are part of the world's largest humanitarian organisation.

What training is available for the volunteer?:

British Red Cross Foundation Course e-module (IN-FCEL)
We offer full comprehensive training to all our volunteers, so that you can represent the Red Cross with confidence. This includes:
Foundation Training Program
Everyday First Aid
Person Centred Care and Support in Independent Living
Duty of Care in Independent Living