Community Connector Volunteer - Belfast

Closing date is: 
30 Sep 2017
Volunteer to help tackle loneliness

Have you got four hours a week to spare - could you help someone turn their life around?

 

We're looking for people willing to spend a little time helping lonely or isolated people aged 18+ in North/West Belfast or Newtownabbey. Isolation and loneliness can affect anyone from new parents to the recently retired. The impact of isolation and loneliness can have serious negative implications for people’s physical and mental health.

 

The aim of the Volunteer Community Connector is to support people affected by social isolation and loneliness and to help them gain confidence and to reconnect to their community in partnership with existing and new partner organisations. We will place the person at the centre of what we do and help them by offering positive encouragement, practical help and emotional support, for up to three months, depending on their needs.

To become a Volunteer Community Connector for us you need to have good interpersonal skills, diplomacy; communication and teamwork skills .All our volunteers will be given in-house training to support the role.

If you would like to know more about volunteering with the British Red cross please email us on [email protected] or contact:

North Belfast Carrie Mulligan [email protected] or 07834496774

West Belfast Roisin Bradley [email protected] or 07912 080929 

 

 

 

The Roles

Community connectors

Could you help people in your community who are lonely or isolated?

 

The aim of the Community Connector role is to support people affected by social isolation and loneliness and to help them gain confidence and to reconnect to their community in partnership with existing and new partner organisations. We will place the person at the centre of what we do and help them by offering positive encouragement, practical help and emotional support, for up to three months, depending on their needs.

Typical tasks include

  • Being aware of and keeping up to date with local community services appropriate to our service users with support from the Community Connector Manager.
  • Supporting lonely & socially isolated service users to build confidence, self-esteem and to regain independence  
  • 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.
  • 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 enables access to various health/medical appointments, social activities, shopping, transport and other community services. This may involve travelling with service users or transporting them using your own vehicle where appropriate.
  • Offering signposting to British Red Cross and other organisations’ services
  • Maintaining contact with the service user to monitor progress against goals and phase out contact as loneliness and social isolation is alleviated.

What we are looking for

We keep the service user at the heart of what we do, working to understand their needs and the difference we make. You need to have good interpersonal skills, diplomacy; communication and teamwork skills and full training can be given for any necessary technical requirements. Also:

 

  • Sensitivity when working with people affected by social isolation and loneliness and an interest in their well-being and finding pathways out of loneliness
  • An ability to maintain service user confidentiality
  • An ability to provide patient, positive encouragement with the aim of helping people to help themselves
  • Good understanding of community groups and networks in the local area with an ability to develop lasting partnerships (we will also provide you with additional information where needed)
  • An ability to work independently and as an effective member of a team
  • Ability to travel with service users to local groups and events which may include using your own car to drive the service user, and could include transporting their children.
  • This role requires a DBS/PVG/AccessNI check to the appropriate level
  • Full drivers licence and access to own car is desirable but not essential.
  • Willingness to attend volunteer induction and appropriate training for the role
  • Uphold the Fundamental Principles of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and adhering to the Society’s Equal Opportunities Policy.

Volunteering incentives

The chance to work with a variety of different people from different walks of life and make a real difference to their lives

  • A great opportunity to develop your existing skills and to gain new ones
  • The company of a warm and friendly team of like-minded people
  • Reimbursement of reasonable out-of-pocket expenses when on duty.