‘Becoming’ a Volunteer is easy, but ‘being’ a good volunteer takes commitment, enthusiasm and being able to give an agreed amount of your free time on a regular basis to your chosen activity.
Eden Carers has people from all sorts of backgrounds, and all age groups presently volunteering their time to support the vital work we do with our Carers in the Eden area.
We are constantly looking for new Volunteers to join us, and help us improve and expand the kind of activities, groups and events we can offer and support.
Examples of volunteering opportunities we presently have available:
We are currently recruiting Volunteers to provide respite care for ‘the Cared For’. As a Sitting Service Volunteer you will provide up to eight visits, sitting with the Cared For; enabling the Carer to have a valuable break, with peace of mind that the person they care for is safely looked after.
You will only be sitting with those who require no practical care needs, but are too vulnerable to be left alone. Volunteers will have a patient, calm and understanding nature and need to be available for a minimum of 2 hours per week. Training and support will be provided.
After School Clubs for Young Carers:
We have Volunteers who work with some of our Young Carers who meet regularly and engage in activities after school throughout the Eden area. We are currently looking for Volunteers who can do specialist activities with the young people on an ad hoc basis i.e. art and craft, reading and literacy, drama and singing. Clubs run fortnightly, during term time, in Penrith 3.45pm - 5.15pm and 3.45pm - 5.15pm . These clubs provide an ideal opportunity for young volunteers, aged 16+, who are interested in pursuing a career working with children/young people.
Organised trips and events:
There are opportunities for Volunteers to work alongside Eden Carers’ staff members to escort groups of young people and/or adults on organised trips away, for example a day trip to Lightwater Valley, a few days in London, or even skiing in France. Commitment would be on an ad hoc basis to fit in with the organised trips.
Supporting a local Hub can be very rewarding, as the Hubs provide an opportunity for carers to take a break from their caring role, having some time for themselves. The Hubs consist of Carers in a local area who meet once a month for coffee or lunch. The Men's Hub gives male Carers an opportunity to get together and share their interests. This monthly hub meets in local cafés and during the summer months activities such as bowling, archery or gentle fell walking are organised.
The Volunteer role is really important and will facilitate and help make what the Carers want happen. Time commitment is 2 – 3 hours per month.
Eden Carers, as an organisation, creates a lot of administrative tasks and we greatly value our regular volunteers who support our work by taking on some of the office based tasks.
This is an opportunity for Volunteers to learn new skills and keep up to date with their learned office based skills. It always looks good on a CV if someone can evidence that they have given their time and experience volunteering, and is something new employers will consider a positive aspect of a new applicant for a job.
We also have BRILLIANT retired administrators who volunteer. If you're retired and want to give something back, please share your working experience with us and volunteer.
Eden Carers has Volunteers who are very confident in IT and who very kindly pass on some of those skills to Carers. They can advise on many things like emailing, social media and other methods of keeping people in touch through their computers, which in turn can be worth a lot to a Carer, who may be housebound for most of the time due to their caring role. This support is generally provided within the Carers’ own home on an ad hoc basis.
These Volunteers add value to the work of Eden Carers by working within their own local community or organisation to identify and support previously unidentified Carers. They raise the profile of the work of Eden Carers to enable more Carers to access our services.
Volunteers need to be active members of their community/business, who will signpost new Carers to Eden Carers; they will distribute promotional material and promote the services of Eden Carers by giving presentations, and talking to local groups and organisations. A minimum commitment of 2 hours per month would be anticipated.
‘Carer Aware’ is a new quick e-learning course from Carers UK designed to help people identify carers, recognise the impacts of caring and understand how to help carers better. It takes just over 10 minutes to complete and includes a digital badge to recognise that the learning has been completed. The course will give you a good overview of a Carers Champions role.
Eden Carers greatly values its Volunteers, and supports them to ensure they have a positive experience while volunteering. In addition to paying travelling expenses, we also offer training and relevant skills development, which can be used to enhance CVs and job prospects.
Do you think you may be interested in Volunteering for us? For more information about any of the above roles and an informal chat, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator on 01768 890280