Many care organisations are looking for kind, caring and committed volunteers to help make a difference with the care and support that they deliver.
With roles based around your key skills and interests, many care organisations welcome applications from volunteers.
You can help to stimulate, entertain, teach and just listen to residents.
From reading, to sharing your interests to more specialist tailored activities for dementia care, you can find the right volunteering opportunity to suit your interests.
Volunteers have some spare time on their hands – organisations will often be able to plan a role around your available time.
You probably won’t need previous experience or specialist qualifications, but tonnes of enthusiasm will help you to stand out.
You are likely to be friendly and approachable with good people skills. You obviously need to enjoy spending time with the people that you are volunteering to assist.
What you might expect to get involved in as a Volunteer:
Running a workshop or activity session for residents
Assisting with low level maintenance tasks
Including collecting items on behalf of those being cared for and taking them out to the shops
Those who aren’t fluent in English benefit hugely from being able to speak with someone in their own language.
At the most basic level, you could just spend time together doing things you both enjoy.
Answering telephone calls, taking messages, and greeting visitors.