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ORGANIZATION: connection support

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Connection Support has a range of services providing support to people at risk of homelessness or on the edge of needing social care. We work with people made vulnerable through debt, mental health issues, substance misuse, learning disability, and physical disabilities.

Volunteers play a key role in the provision of vital services to our clients.

Could you prevent loneliness and isolation in your community and become a befriender?

  • Do you have 2-3 hours a week to give to a client suffering from loneliness or mental health? (For a mutual agreement of time and locations that meet clients’ needs)
  • Can you offer support, through a listening ear and be a positive influence in a client’s life to help build self-esteem and confidence?
  • Will you enable our clients to benefit from knowing someone is there to listen, be a friend, and check in on their wellbeing?

If you can answer 'yes’ to these questions, then we would love to hear from you!

Key responsibilities

Your role will include, but is not restricted to the following tasks:

  • Carry out weekly checks with the clients you are supporting. This can be in a variety of settings, e.g., family home, support home, or in the community (via face-to-face meetings, phone or video calls)
  • Have fun, take clients on outings, and maybe share a hobby, sport, or an interest
  • Collect prescriptions for clients and assist with their weekly shop
  • Help clients rediscover social skills and confidence by building up and maintaining a close relationship
  • Report any concerns to the Volunteer Coordinator

Skills required

No qualifications or volunteering experience is required; however, the below skills are essential:

  • A non-judgemental approach
  • Good listening and communication skills
  • Reliable and trustworthy
  • Respect confidentiality
  • Be able to work on own initiative
  • Ability to build effective working relationships with clients in a non-patronising way

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About connection support

Location:

Suite 16 challenge house, sherwood drive, milton keynes, buckinghamshire MK3 6DP, GB

Mission Statement

Connection Support has a range of services providing support to people at risk of homelessness or on the edge of needing social care. We work with people made vulnerable through debt, family circumstances, mental health issues, substance misuse, care leavers, learning disability, age, and physical disabilities. We focus on individuals, to understand their unique set of circumstances, challenges and abilities. They tell us what they want to achieve, their goals and aspirations and we will work with them, providing practical and emotional support to help them to build the skills and confidence to deal with the ups and downs of life.

Description

Volunteers play a key role in the provision of vital services to our clients.
Knowing you have helped someone is an amazing feeling, but there is so much more to gain. New friends, new skills and experience, and confidence, to name but a few!
Volunteers are an integral part of Connection Support so you can be sure your time will be valued.
Not everyone has someone to turn to in a crisis, a friend they can chat to or someone to lend a practical hand or teach them how to navigate online. Connection Support volunteers help fill those gaps and, in doing so, often make a lasting difference to another person’s life.
We have many different services to help a wide range of clients and just a few of our statistics for the last 3 years - 99% of clients were supported in avoiding eviction, 99% of referrals were assessed within 3 years, 21 million has been saved in public funds by keeping these clients off the streets.
If you would like to make a difference than connection support is waiting for you

CAUSE AREAS

Community
Homeless & Housing
People with Disabilities
Community, Homeless & Housing, People with Disabilities

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

Milton KeynesMilton Keynes, Buckinghamshire MK3 6DPUnited Kingdom

(52.00159,-0.7402)
 

SKILLS

  • Mental Health
  • Life Coaching

GOOD FOR

N/A

REQUIREMENTS

  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • 1-2 hours (period depending on client matched with)

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