The 2018 hurricane season has been extraordinarily active in parts of the U.S., with Hurricane Florence currently impacting millions in the Carolinas. As this natural disaster unfolds, the staff here at VolunteerMatch is doing its part to ensure that, if you are in an affected community, you are prepared and safe. And if you are looking to help with disaster relief efforts, you know about the most effective ways to contribute.
If you enjoy making others feel valued and special, you like a good chat and are 'a people person', this could be the right volunteering opportunity for you! We are seeking caring, compassionate individuals who are willing to befriend vulnerable, often elderly people, and provide friendship and emotional support. This will usually be in the client's home as many of our clients find it difficult to get out and about. A number of our volunteers who offer befriending are also set up as 'Volunteer Drivers' so that they can take the people they befriend out to appointments or to do their shopping etc. However, you do not need to be a driver to become a Befriender, as long as you can get to our clients' homes. Communicare in Southampton is a charity and the support we provide to our clients is only possible thanks to our solid bank of volunteers. Whether you can offer 1hr a week or 20hrs, we want to hear from you!
What are we looking for?
- Willing to provide references - Friendly and caring attitude - Good communication skills - Spare time to give on a regular basis (if you need to take periods of 'time out' this isn't a problem, we'd still like to hear from you) - May be required to provided an enhanced DBS (cost met by charity)