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Volunteer Bereavement Befriender Colchester

Emotional Support Volunteer Roles | Colchester, Essex, United Kingdom | Volunteer

Job Description

About Age Concern Colchester & North East Essex

Age Concern Colchester & North East Essex is a Charity which is focused on making life better for individuals in later life. The current services that we provide cover:-

  • Identifying benefits that those over 60 are entitled to and supporting in the application process
  • Providing a befriending service according to the needs of the individual
  • Supplying a qualified and vetted list of handyperson individuals who can support the elderly
  • Provides clubs for those in older life for companionship
  • Supports in times of bereavement and end of life
  • Runs a community hub and cafe for those in later life

The people that volunteer and work with us our special and provide a great deal of care for those in later life and who need support, advice, information and sometimes just someone to listen.

Large numbers of older and vulnerable people are being affected by the Covid19 pandemic. Sadly, an increasing number of people are needing emotional and bereavement support at this distressing time. We will do all we can to offer support within our local community- both directly to those affected by CV19, and to partner organisations like St Helena Hospice.

What are we looking for?

Emotional Support and Bereavement Befriending Volunteers 

We are now recruiting for a team of specialist volunteers to help us provide emotional support to the families of those who are struggling during the Covid19 pandemic and may have been bereaved. If you have previous skills and training in counselling; support work; working with the bereaved; or have lived through a past bereavement which you feel has given a foundation from which to support others we are particularly interested in hearing from you.

Specifics of this role

Due to social distancing guidance this befriending role will be carried out remotely- via methods like voice and video call in the first instance. When the current crisis has passed, the project will expand to offer face to face befriending support to those who have chosen to end their lives at home.

Emotional Support and Bereavement Befriending volunteers need to have:

Skills/ experience

  • Good communication and listening skills
  • Skills, training or personal experience in support, counselling, bereavement and loss
  • Experience of working or volunteering with older people and families
  • Awareness of and sensitivity to the issues faced by those needing emotional support and recently bereaved 

Qualities

  • Good telephone and face-to-face manner
  • Open and adaptable
  • Respectful and courteous
  • Patience and understanding
  • Sensitivity, compassion and tact 

Ability to:

  • work flexibly with available technology to offer support
  • make written client records where necessary
  • work autonomously
  • monitor and report on own workload

Commitment to:

  • undertake relevant training and supervision as required
  • communicate well with your supervisor about all client information
  • maintain confidentiality
  • adhere to data protection and safeguarding policies & procedures 

Practical Considerations

  • We have a very varied range of volunteering opportunities so if this role doesn't work for you, let us know so we can find something that is right for you and the client
  • We want you to enjoy your volunteering and we really value regular feedback
  • Whilst all applications to volunteer are on equal merit we really welcome those in later years
  • People fund what we do, so we often need to ask you and those you befriend for case studies to show the positive impact which your volunteering has had.
  • We DBS check and reference all team members and provide relevant training -there are no costs involved for you.

Above all we care and will go to great lengths to help those in later years. So if you feel this special role is right for you then apply today and join our mission.