GOOD NEIGHBOURS: COVID-19 SHOPPING BUDDY VOLUNTEER
The Good Neighbours project recruits, trains and supports volunteers to carry out a variety of practical tasks commonly associated with those carried out by a ‘good neighbour’.
In light of the COVID-19 outbreak we have scaled up our Good Neighbours project to help meet increased need in the community.
ABOUT THE ROLE
In response to the government’s announcement to pause shielding, a new Good Neighbours Volunteer Buddy role has been developed to support local residents in regaining their confidence and independence post lockdown.
The role also aims to help connect residents to local services to help reduce feelings of loneliness and isolation. Following months of having to shield due to health reasons, many local residents are understandably worried about their first experience back into the community.
VODA and the Good Neighbours project are seeking to recruit volunteers with the suitable skills and compassion needed to help residents build confidence and independence to do their shopping.
The buddy role will be time-limited to ensure people don’t become dependent on the support
of volunteers long-term. A personalised support plan will be agreed with each resident setting
out what help they require from the Volunteer Buddy.
About North Tyneside VODA
North Tyneside VODA supports volunteers and voluntary and community sector organisations across the borough of North Tyneside. We provide support, advice on training on a range of topics including starting and setting up a group, governance issues, charity law, funding, finance, involving volunteers and more.
What skills do I need?
WE WANT BUDDIES TO:
Have patience and take it at the person’s own pace
Be Flexible and understand that a person’s plan may need to adjust
Listen to beneficiaries’ concerns and help to provide reassurance through addressing these concerns in an empathetic manner
Build confidence and support independence as end goal
Refer to VODA for signposting if someone needs support in other areas
Validate worries, but providing reassurance on getting back into the community.
Providing an overview of the local areas ‘new normal’ gained from your own experiences of the supermarkets, public transport and social distancing measures.
TO HELP US ROUTE YOUR APPLICATION APPROPRIATELY, IT WOULD BE HELPFUL IF YOU COULD ANSWER THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS IN YOUR APPLICATION:
Do you have a current DBS check? (This role requires a Disclosure and Baring Service (DBS) check as it may involve direct contact with vulnerable adults and handling other people’s money.
If you do not already have a valid DBS we will discuss arranging this for you).
Do you have access to a car? (please note, a car is not essential)
- Child Protection Policy (where relevant)
- DBS check required
- Equal Opportunities Policy
- Expenses reimbursed
- Health and Safety Policy
- Ongoing support
- Training provided
- Volunteer induction
- Volunteer Policy
- Volunteers covered by insurance
- Vulnerable Adults Policy (where relevant)
- Written role description
When can I volunteer?
Start Date: 04/08/2020
End Date: 04/08/2021
Flexible arranged around your availability and the beneficiaries needs.
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Altering Images of Mentality (AIM) Group
The Cedarwood Trust
The Richmond Fellowship