Make a difference to your local area and volunteer for Carer Support Wiltshire.

Virtual face to face Talk and Support during the COVID-19 outbreak

Carers have been left feeling isolated and alone as a result of the pandemic, separated from family and friends and unable to attend countless support groups and cafes. It was for this reason that 8 weeks ago we vastly expanded our Talk and Support service, where volunteers call carers regularly for around 30 mins. In that 6 weeks the number of volunteers involved has more than tripled to nearly 50 and over 170 carers have received regular and vitally important calls.

The Connecting Carers project is a 3 month funded project to extend and expand our telephone befriending service; Talk and Support to include a virtual ‘face to face’ offering.  Many of our carers have responded with feedback such as “please continue the service for other carers” and by saying that the project has been “helpful at a particularly difficult time”, helping them feel “less isolated and space to be sociable” and it is hoped the virtual, face to face befriending service will just add to what is already a valued service.’

If you can support and remotely befriend carers, please complete our volunteer application form. 

Why volunteer?

‘My confidence had suffered after being away from work for so long as I was unsure how much I could commit hours-wise, but that wasn’t a problem. We talked about areas in which I could potentially help, and I asked if I could join the Administration team, which I eventually did! I can honestly say that it was one of the best things I have done!’ Sue, Volunteer and now in Admin team.

Various roles available in Administration, Connecting Communities, Marketing and promotion and Individual support. Training available.  As little or as much time contribution is welcomed.

If you would like to find out more please get in touch with Lindsey Millen on 01380 908041 or email LindseyM@carersupportwiltshire.co.uk. Or you can apply now by completing our online application form.

Here are some of the ways you can help us:

Covid-19 Telephone Talk and support

Covid-19 Wellbeing checker

Wellbeing referral form

Virtual Cafe/Group facilitator or host

Virtual Face to Face Talk and Support.

Trustee vacancies

We are currently recruiting for three trustee opportunities. To apply for any of these trustee roles email our Chief Executive, Judy Walker with the following:

  • Your current CV, setting out relevant experience (addressing the expertise area where relevant)
  • A covering letter answering the following questions:
    • What motivated you to apply to become a trustee?
    • What other experience or skills do you feel you could offer?
    • Are there any areas of the organisation’s work you have a particular interest in and/or would like to become more involved in?

Find out more about Carer Support Wiltshire and the role of our trustees.

Volunteer Resources

Welcome

Introduction to CSW

Withholding your number  

Electronic What’s on guide

Autumn/Winter 2020 newsletter

Electronic volunteer handbook

Volunteer Learning Pathway – Telephone

Time for Carers Info sheet

Time for Carers Posters