Make a difference to your local area and volunteer for Carer Support Wiltshire.
Talk and Support, a friendly voice at the end of the phone.
Carers have been left feeling isolated and alone as a result of the pandemic, separated from family and friends and still unable to attend countless support groups and cafes in their community. The Talk and Support service was rapidly expanded due to the pandemic, where volunteers call carers every two weeksfor around 30 mins. Over the last 12 months our volunteers involved with the befriending project have soared to 170 individuals supporting 298 carers over the last 12 months.
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 new volunteers continue to register with us to support carers in the community.
If you can support and remotely befriend carers, please complete our volunteer application form.
Scott is 17 years and has embraced the experience to help others and give experience towards his CV and university application.
“Volunteering with CSW is a very rewarding and motivating experience. Not only does it develop your social skills, it also provides the ability to help people that really deserve it.
I was really impressed by the training that was provided and believe this will translate over to my later life. Also, the training helped increase my confidence with my ability to help.
The befriending service that CSW provide is extremely rewarding to both parties and also provides a personal touch. I believe it’s especially important to carers in this current climate as loneliness is prominent during lockdowns.”
Andrea began her volunteer role with CSW in April 2020 in response to supporting carers through the pandemic.
“I had retired in 2019 to care for my elderly parents but sadly they had both passed away later that year and so it felt a good time to work as a volunteer with a charity I felt passionate about.
I could use my own experience as a carer as well as some insight from my previous job working as a nurse. Befriending carers plus making wellbeing calls is very rewarding, and the common response is of gratitude that someone was thinking of them, even if they were coping is always nice to hear.
Volunteering is a wonderful way to explore possible new job opportunities, meet new people (unfortunately only virtually at the moment) and keep that self-motivation going to do something constructive when you are retired, pandemic or not!”
Various roles are 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.
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