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:

Empower beneficiaries

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)

Posted for
North Tyneside VODA

Register your Interest

Quick Enquiry

Interests

  • Disability
  • Health and Social Care
  • Mental Health
  • Older People

Activities

  • General Helping
  • Practical Skills
  • Supporting Charities
  • Supporting People and Befriending

Details

  • Accessibility
  • 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

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Morning No No No No No No No
Afternoon No No No No No No No
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Availability Details

Flexible arranged around your availability and the beneficiaries needs.