The aim of the Independent Living service is to place the person at the centre of what we do and help them get through a crisis by offering positive encouragement, practical help and emotional support, for a few days or for longer, depending on their needs.
Could you help us to support someone experiencing a health and social care crisis?
Location: Plymouth and surrounding areas Possibly close areas to Cornwall
Commitment: Volunteers must be able to commit 4-6 hours a week Monday-Friday. Age: 18 years+
Please note that those who are clinically extremely vulnerable (also known as shielding) are unable to volunteer for the British Red Cross unless in a role they can do from home. Volunteers who are clinically vulnerable, such as those who are over 70, pregnant or who have various underlying health conditions are able to volunteer in public facing roles providing the environment is Covid-safe, with social distancing and hygiene controls maintained, and a personal risk assessment has been completed.
Occasional evening and weekend support may be required.
Volunteers provide health and social care support to people experiencing a health crisis. From supporting people resettle into their homes after being discharged from hospital, to supporting someone connect with others following a recent diagnosis of a long-term health condition.
What would I be doing?
You will be helping provide practical and emotional support to people. Every individual will need different support from us to help, below are some examples of what you might support with:
- Practical support such as light shopping for someone who has been discharged from hospital
- Reconnecting people someone with their communities to help overcome loneliness
- Helping someone connect with other organisations who can offer them support with their long-term health condition
“I’m showing compassion, empowering people, letting them know what help is out there, and helping them move forward.” Lisa, Independent Living Volunteer
For more information or to be emailed the direct link to apply online, please email firstname.lastname@example.org