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We are a registered charity care provider with over 20 services across Gloucestershire. As well as caring for those living with dementia, we also provide nursing care, short term respite care and ...

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Volunteer Befriender

Organisation role · 1–3 hrs/Week
OSJCT Grace Care Centre, Whitebridge Gdns, Thornbury, Bristol BS35 2FR, UK
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The Orders of St John Care Trust
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Summary

We're looking for people who enjoy a friendly chat over a cup of tea. Whatever your hobbies or interests, we'll be sure to have residents that share them...

Detailed description

What you will be doing

  • Reading or watching TV together
  • Sharing what you’re up to and what life is like for you
  • Possibly connecting over a common interest like football, travel or music
  • Just being there to sit with someone for a while
  • Visiting people in the lounge areas for a conversation, sometimes one to one in their room
  • Talking with people about their life and sharing their ‘Life Story’ with the Care Team

 

The skills you need

You'll be good at reading people, picking up signs if someone isn’t themselves

You'll be self-motivated and willing to work independently at times

You'll be a people person who enjoys the company of older people

You'll be confident talking to carers if you notice a change in someone

You'll be a good listener

You'll be comfortable talking to older people and curious about their lives

You'll be happy to share your own experiences

 

What's in it for you

  • Full induction including Introduction to Dementia Session
  • We offer references for our volunteers
  • We reimburse out of pocket expenses such as mileage
  • You will be on cloud 9 knowing you've made someone feel special
  • Experience in a care setting for your CV if that's what you need
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What we will provide to volunteers

💸 Reimbursement of costs🤝 Extra support

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About The Orders of St John Care Trust

We are a registered charity care provider with over 20 services across Gloucestershire. As well as caring for those living with dementia, we also provide nursing care, short term respite care and residential care to over a 1000 residents in Gloucestershire.