We see volunteers as valued members of the Carers Network team and aim to offer support, training and supervision.
Carers Network are recruiting volunteers for a variety of different roles:
Fundraising – Working with our Fundraising Manager to work on innovative ways to raise funds and support unpaid carers. This could be organising a bake a cake sale, taking part in sporting events, or cheering on runners at a race
End of Life project (carers catch up volunteer) – Working closely with the End of Life Project Manager, the Carer Catch up Volunteer will be matched with 3-5 individual carers by delivering telephone consultations to carers. The Carer Catch up Volunteer will support carers who are looking after someone terminally ill, aged 80 and over, or residing in a care home.
The goal of this project is to reduce isolation, improve well-being and increase confidence, enable service users to regain and/or maintain their independence; as well as enable service users to access relevant support and services.
Community Outreach and Events – Delivering information stands in GP Practices, job fairs, and hospitals, delivering support groups, or greeting and liaising with carers at social events. Another area we are keen to develop are lunch clubs. This may include volunteering to cook for carers.
Carers Cuppa is a new project developed by one of our service users Caroline Aldiss, based in hospitals that aims to reach out to ‘hidden carers’
Befriending – Providing time for unpaid carers by dropping round for tea and a chat, or helping with some household duties like shopping or ironing. An hour a week might make the world of difference to an unpaid carer who is isolated
Social Media – Working closely with our Communications Officer writing content, generating discussion, blogs, vlogging (video blogs) for our website, Facebook and Twitter pages. You can even be a case study by sharing your story as a carer, or share inspiring photos if you have a good eye for photography
Health and Wellbeing – Delivering sessions on mindfulness or meditation, complimentary therapies, arts and crafts, or walking groups. If you have an interest in delivering a specialist wellness trend like yoga, group exercise classes, pilates, reiki, or massage, it is imperative that you have the necessary qualifications and insurance, such as YMCA level 3 Instructor/Group Exercise Instructor, and/or Register of Exercise Professionals.
Why volunteer for us?
As well as developing relevant work-based skills to further your career ambitions, such as organisation, confidence, customer service, active listening skills, working autonomously, and being part of a team; you can gain a reference after pledging three months to volunteering.
You will be invited to a Volunteer Recruitment and Training Day in Westminster, London, to learn more about the charity, and our projects (date and time TBC).
You can fit your volunteering around your lifestyle. All we ask is minimum commitment of one day per month, although if you want to volunteer more frequently, we will gladly support you.
Carers Network provide travel and lunch expenses (a maximum of five pounds).
How do I apply to become a volunteer?
To register your interest please send your CV to Adam Wilson, Volunteer Development Manager: firstname.lastname@example.org
Adam will then be able to send you a detailed summary or role descriptions, and keep you updated on our next Volunteer Recruitment and Training Day.
Legibility criteria to become a volunteer
We ask that all volunteers live in London and are aged 18 and over. Successful reference requests will be made prior to being confirmed as a volunteer. Due to the sensitive nature of our work, some roles will require DBS checks.