Volunteer Social Activities Helper

MHA Communities New Forest offers support and friendship to older people living in their own homes; helping to maintain independent living, improve well-being and reduce isolation. We plan to hold various clubs throughout the week (such as Walking Group, Outings, Pub Lunches and Online And Painless). We require volunteers to help with the smooth running of the clubs. This could involve setting up the room with tables, chairs and equipment & clearing away afterwards. Assisting and supporting members during the club. Helping prepare and serve refreshments. Maybe you have a skill or hobby you are interested in sharing with others and would like to support us to set up a new group? We are always interested in hearing new ideas and helping to make them happen.

Tasks include:

  • Help the person coordinating the activity prepare the room for the activity, and tidy up afterwards.
  • Establish and build a friendly and open relationships with members at the group whilst establishing and maintaining appropriate boundaries.
  • Ensure that the older persons needs are put first within all tasks and communication, whilst respecting the members’ privacy and independence.
  • Maintain confidentiality, except in reporting back to the person that supports you, or in circumstances that will be discussed in your training.
  • Help the older members with activities, ensuring they can get as much enjoyment out of an activity as possible.
  • Serve refreshments to the members, complying with health and safety and food hygiene standards.

Please only register if you are genuinely interested. Please ask any questions in the notes section when registering your interest. We can then have a chat (we will initially telephone, so please be aware you will receive a call from an unknown mobile number, followed up with a text message and then a final email). We can complete your application (digital or paper) and finally complete your DBS check and references.

We do ask interested volunteers to ‘try out’ an activity before committing to signing up. This will be for all face-to-face activities (excluding befriending services). This will be a great opportunity to see what we do and find out more about us. We have a number of ongoing groups, which can facilitate a person coming along and seeing what we do.

Skills

  • Good listening skills.
  • Patience, empathy and understanding of the needs of older people.
  • The ability to engage yourself and others in a wide range of activities.
  • You will be reliable and punctual.
  • Flexibility.
  • You will have a clear sense of personal boundaries.
  • Having the ability to provide a supportive and non-judgmental service.
  • You’ll be willing to join in with training and development.
  • You’ll be able to maintain confidentiality.

Details

  • Accessibility
  • Age restrictions
    16+
  • DBS check required
  • Equal Opportunities Policy
  • Expenses reimbursed
  • Health and Safety Policy
  • Ongoing support
  • Training provided
  • Volunteer induction
  • Volunteer Policy
  • Volunteers covered by insurance
  • Written role description

When can I volunteer?

End Date: 22/09/2022

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Afternoon No No No No No No No
Evening No No No No No No No

Location

This opportunity is available Countywide.

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