Community Living Volunteer

KeyRing are looking for three Community Living Volunteers in our Oldhmam networks of Littlemoor, Hollins and Barker Street Estate. Community Living Volunteers give advice, information and support to KeyRing Members and help them lead ordinary lives and to make connections in their local community. We are looking for volunteers who can offer support in a flexible and creative way. Accommodation is provided if required so that the volunteer can provide the support within the Members’ Community
Duration: Ongoing
When can volunteers volunteer? Weekly

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

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

As a Community Living Volunteer you could be offering:

Information, advice and support on practical matters relating to Members’ tenancy e.g. reminding KeyRing Members to pay their rent and bills, ensuring Members understand that they must comply with tenancy conditions such as the upkeep of their flat and/or helping Members with benefits forms;

Reassurance and emotional support, e.g. helping a Member gain confidence to go somewhere new, supporting someone develop friendships in a positive way, sympathetic support when someone has had bad news;

Encouragement for Members to help and support each other in solving problems and sharing their knowledge e.g. helping Members organise the monthly Network meetings, prompting when Members can help each other, prompting social connections and activities so Members are not isolated;

Support to make connections in their local community, attend and take part in local activities, joining sports and social groups, volunteering and finding employment

Skill and Qualifications Required:

This role needs a volunteer who:

Will live within the network area;
Can offer support in a flexible and creative way when needed;
Can offer approximately 14 hours of this support - time spread through the week;
Can see Members in the evenings and the weekends;
Will not mind Members phoning to ask for support or a chat;
Will respond to emergencies (but you are NOT expected to be "on-call").

Areas of Interest: Community, Health and wellbeing, Mental Health, Social care, Social Welfare
Opportunity suitable for: People seeking work, School students, University students
What activities will the volunteer do? Support Work
Skills gained in this role: Listening, Reasoning, Talking to others
Home based opportunity? No
DBS Check Required: Yes
Opportunity Accessibility: Accessible toilets

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