Community Connection Volunteers

Who are we here for? KeyRing Members will have a variety of labels including learning disability, mental health, physical disabilities, substance misuse, many will have experienced isolation, dependence on others, unemployment, financial difficulties, homelessness etc. What do we do? We work to enable KeyRing Members to take control over their lives, make informed choices and decisions, to create their own personal networks of support, find meaning in their lives and contribute as active citizens. Befriending/advocacy. Providing support and friendship for members to increase their community involvement.
Duration: Ongoing
When can volunteers volunteer? Weekly
Availability:

This grid shows when you can volunteer for this organisation. E.G Monday morning.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
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Afternoon
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Tasks the volunteer will be required to do:

As a Community Connections Volunteer you could be

 supporting Members in activities in the community and/or at a local community hub
 helping to facilitate the weekly community hub for Members
 offering advice and support to members in the Network to help them maintain their independence
 offering reassurance and emotional support
 Encouraging Members to help and support each other in solving problems and sharing their knowledge
 Supporting Members to make connections in the local community
 Connecting KeyRing with other organisations

Skill and Qualifications Required:

No formal qualifications are required however as a volunteer you are likely to be the kind of person who:
 is active in their local community;
 maybe wanting to develop a career in social care
 enjoys voluntary work
 is keen to develop new skills

What does a Community Connections Volunteer look like?

You would need to be someone who has
 Personal qualities such as: common sense, enthusiasm, the ability to motivate others, trustworthiness, reliability, openness to learn and calmness in a crisis
 Good communication and interpersonal skills
 Able to set personal boundaries
 Good organisational skills.
 An ability to talk easily to people such as neighbours and families and agencies such as the Benefits Agency or Social Services.

Areas of Interest: Disability, Health and wellbeing, Mental Health, Social care, Social Welfare
Opportunity suitable for: Older people, People seeking work, University students
What activities will the volunteer do? Befriending, Support Work
Skills gained in this role: Listening, Talking to others
Home based opportunity? No
DBS Check Required: Yes
Opportunity Accessibility: The volunteering location is not accessible

About the host organisation

Hosted by: KeyRing Living Support Networks
Organisation Profile: KeyRing's support is based on people living in their own homes but sharing their skills and talents with each other and with their communities. We have a volunteer in each Network. The volunteer sees Members regularly and helps the group work together. The volunteer is like a good neighbour who will help out if difficulties arise. Because the volunteer lives in the community, they know what's going on and are able to help Members make links.We also have Community Support Workers and Supported Living Managers who make sure that Members get the support they need. KeyRing believes that Community Connections are very important. We encourage people to make good links in their neighbourhood. Our Members have saved lives, campaigned for street lights and run neighbourhood improvement campaigns. Our Small Sparks fund enables Members with an idea for their community to get a bit of funding to make things happen.
Charity number: 1054234