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  • Community Connector Support Volunteer
    with British Red Cross (Fife Branch)

    Volunteer Opportunity No. VO80038 - Created/last updated: 21/10/2020


    About this opportunity:It starts with Hello and it's often surprising who is affected by loneliness.
    Together we want to reach out reconnecting thousands of lonely people with their communities, tackling what is shortening lives and eroding wellbeing.

    Community Connectors support people affected by social isolation and loneliness to help them gain confidence and to reconnect to their community in partnership with existing and new partner organisations.

    This involves: being aware of and keeping up to date with local community services appropriate to service users with support from manager; supporting lonely and socially isolated service users to build confidence, self-esteem and to regain independence; carry out tasks independently and as an effective team member; listening to people's needs, aspirations and concerns, and co-creating a step plan to ensure the person meets their aims - this may involve providing advice on regular, healthy nutrition and hydration and managing hygiene; and supporting people to attend local community services suitable to their needs, helping them identify other activities in the area and going with them as necessary - this may involve travelling with service users or transporting them using your own vehicle where appropriate.

    “I’m showing compassion, empowering people, letting them know what help is out there, and helping them move forward.” Lisa, Independent Living Volunteer

    In 2020 the British Red Cross turns 150. It is thanks to all our supporters and volunteers that we have been able to provide health and social care support to people since 1870. Our volunteers provided health and social care support to people in the First and Second World war and continued providing these services in peace time and helped to create the NHS in 1948.

    Takes place:
    Minimum age:18
    Maximum age:100
    Training provided:Welcome to the British Red Cross e-learning 2019 Infection Control e-learning Foundation Course In-service training Co-Op Community Connector Workbook Duty of Care in Independent Living Support Planning and Top3Goals Dementia awareness Mental Health First Aid Systems training - UCLA tool Understanding Grief and Loss
    Out of pocket expenses paid?
    Yes - Reimbursement of reasonable out-of-pocket expenses when on duty.

    Experience required:You need to have good interpersonal skills, diplomacy, communication, sensitivity and teamwork skills. You must be able to: maintain service user confidentiality; provide patient, positive encouragement; understand community groups and networks in the local area (you will be provided with additional information where needed). You should also be willing to attend volunteer induction and appropriate training.

    Restrictions on who can volunteer
    No restrictions were specified.

    Application process:Application Form; Induction/Training; Interview; PVG membership required; References

    Taster available?No, not for this opportunity.

    Travel DetailsThis opportunity takes place in Glenrothes and throughout Fife.

    Saltire AwardThis opportunity is compatible with the Saltire Awards for volunteers aged 12-25.

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  - Community Connecting Support Assistant
  - Assisted Discharge Volunteer

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