GOOD NEIGHBOURS: COVID-19 WALKING BUDDY
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.
Many beneficiaries of Good Neighbours, are understandably worried about their first
experience back into the community so we're keen to work with volunteers to encourage
‘neighbourly’ activities in local communities; Good Neighbour Walking Buddies will be there
to enable residents to get outside again, explore the local area and regain their confidence
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?
VODA and the Good Neighbours project are seeking to recruit volunteers with the suitable skills and compassion needed to help build confidence and independence.
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
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? (please note, a DBS is not essential for this role, but may be of benefit for other relevant roles)
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
- 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 we will arrange a suitable time for both yourself and your buddy.
Collingwood Health Group
British Heart Foundation North Tyneside
Depaul UK North Tyneside
North East Homeless NEH
Victims First Northumbria NT