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

Here to Talk, 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 Here to Talk service was rapidly expanded due to the pandemic, where volunteers call carers every two weeks for around 30 mins.

We are currently looking to recruit new Here to Talk telephone befrienders, who are able to commit to a minimum of half an hour every 2 weeks. Successful applicants will have excellent listening skills and be empathetic and non judgemental. Training is provided.

View the role description for Here to Talk volunteer befriender

Bereavement Help Point Facilitator – Devizes

We are looking for a facilitator for our Bereavement Help Point in Devizes. You would need to be able to commit to a minimum of two hours every fortnight to help run a fortnightly bereavement group, which supports unpaid carers who are recently bereaved. You will welcome, support and listen to people who attend. The ideal person for this role will have an understanding of grief and be compassionate and empathetic. Training will be provided.

View the role description for Bereavement Help Point Facilitator

Trustee vacancies

We are currently recruiting for three new trustee roles, including a Treasurer. We are looking for people with commercial and financial experience. You can read more about the skills we are looking for in our role profiles:

Trustee role profile – commercial (PDF format)

Trustee role profile – Treasurer (PDF format)

Trustee role profile – finance (PDF format)

To apply for any of our 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?

Please note these roles are volunteer roles.

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

Why volunteer?

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 is available. As little or as much time contribution is welcomed.

If you can support and remotely befriend carers, or to find out more about any of our other volunteering opportunities, please email volunteer@carersupportwiltshire.co.uk or phone: 01380 908158

Volunteer Resources

Welcome

Introduction to CSW