Community Connections runs on ‘volunteer power’ ...we always welcome new volunteers!
Volunteering is a great way of meeting new people and learning new skills through doing something worthwhile. Volunteering can also help build confidence and gain access to training or employment.
A small amount of volunteer time given can make a big difference to someone who needs a little company or help to remain independent and connected.
What kind of things will I be doing as a befriending volunteer?
Community Connections volunteers are ‘matched’ with people who need a bit of company at home or some help to get out. Volunteers can also get involved with running social activity groups, organising outings, or bringing people together at Christmas or other celebrations. We like to get to know volunteers well to provide appropriate opportunities so please let us know about any interests, experience or skills you have to share.
Things to consider...
Think about your other commitments. Do you have time to volunteer? An hour or two a week is a realistic amount of time to be beneficial to our scheme and rewarding for yourself. If you can only commit to a fortnightly or monthly arrangement this can be arranged. Our aim is to provide a quality volunteering opportunity which can be flexible to accommodate any specific considerations you may have such as time limits, work experience goals or support needs.
How do I start?
If you are interested in volunteering with Community Connections please get in touch with us. We will arrange to meet with you to explain the scheme, answer any questions you have, and get to know a bit about you. You will be provided with a volunteer information pack to read and refer to.
If after this initial meeting you decide to start volunteering we will ask you to:
- Provide us with two character references
- Undergo a DBS check
- Attend induction training
- Provide us with copies of your driving documents (if you intend to drive as part of your volunteering).
Who can provide a character reference?
The person providing the reference could be an employer, friend or colleage. Ideally someone who knows you well and can tell us why they feel you would be suitable for the role of volunteer befriender. A referee should not be a partner or close reative.
What is a DBS check?
This is a Disclosure and Barring Service check through the criminal records unit. It used to be known as a CRB or ‘police’ check.
What if I have something on my record?
If you have something on your record we will discuss this with you and make a decision about what risk this poses to the befriending scheme and if it is appropriate for you to volunteer with us.