Volunteering

Do you have an hour or two to spare on a regular basis? Or do you have the skills to help with a special project  (e.g. putting up a bird table) from time to time?  Do you enjoy meeting people?  If so we would love to hear from you.  We are currently recruiting volunteers to add to our fantastic team.

Volunteer roles:

  • Befriender
  • Shopper
  • Hospital Discharge supporter
  • Phone Friend
  • Social activity driver
  • Occasional practical jobs do-er
  • Behind the scenes organiser – assisting with matching volunteers
  • a combination of any of the above!

What you give:

  • your friendship and support
  • your time
  • a listening ear

What we give you:

  • full training and support from the coordinator and trustees
  • your necessary expenses
  • a fulfilling and rewarding experience

You could make a real difference to someone’s quality of life just by being you!  

Buckfastleigh Community Care needs you

We provide full training and support; the coordinator is always on hand to help with any difficulties that might arise. Additional learning sessions for volunteers who would like to know more are offered on an occasional basis. Sessions so far have included Dementia awareness, Working with Visually Impaired Clients, Working with Hearing Impaired Clients, Mental Health Awareness, Bereavement Care, Health Awareness, The Impact of Stroke and Knowing your Boundaries. The sessions are informative, hands-on and a great opportunity to meet your fellow volunteers.  They are always accompanied by cake!  We also hold purely social events for volunteers.

Your expenses: we can pay necessary expenses such as mileage from your home to the client’s house and back, at a rate of 45p/mile, provided you live within our catchment area of Buckfastleigh and district.

Safeguarding: you will be required to undergo a DBS check (the new name for the Criminal Record Bureau check) and to provide two references.

Application process: please contact us below to ask for an Application form.  The coordinator will arrange to visit and take you through the application process.  References will then be taken up, and a DBS check carried out.  Specific training on befriending is then provided for all new volunteers – this enables you to start work with confidence.

If you are interested in joining us please Contact Us.  We look forward to hearing from you!