Hand in Hand Volunteers

We are looking for enthusiastic individuals to be a key part of our new wellbeing initiative, St John's Hand in Hand. Hand in Hand is a form of social prescribing, and is designed to support older people in Winchester to live independently for longer. Volunteers will offer friendship and support to scheme members and will provide a helping hand. Overall, Hand in Hand supports individuals to remain independent by seeking to improve their quality of life and wellbeing.

What are the benefits?

  • Do something that will really count for a person in need
  • The chance to make new friends and connections
  • Be an integral part of the St John's family - we have a long history of over nine centuries and have a great reputation in the local community!
  • Detailed induction, and ongoing training
  • Guidance and mutual support through regular contact with other volunteers and staff
  • 'One to one' contact with our professional team . We will support you, listen to your feedback and welcome any suggestions for improvements to our service
  • Reimbursement of expenses
  • Regular recognition and appreciation for what you do.


How can I help?

  • Befriend scheme members with the support and guidance of St John's staff and other third party services
  • Assist our staff to undertake 'Living Well Plans'
  • Spend active time with members in ways that will make a real difference e.g. introducing them to a new club.#
  • Support our staff to keep the Hand in Hand database up-to-date
  • Help to organise 'get togethers'

  • Lend a hand to set up a club to welcome scheme members

  • Participate in volunteers' meetings and networking.


Skills

  • Good communication and listening skills
  • Able to keep and understand the importance of record keeping
  • Acceptable numeracy and literacy skills
  • Able to show compassion and understand for others
  • Has an understanding of the issues and concerns facing the elderly and those who live alone
  • Has knowledge of Winchester community and the surrounding areas


Skills which are not essential but are an advantage:


  • IT skills and an understanding of Word and Excel
  • IT skills in relation to accessing the internet and finding information
  • Able to drive and has a clean driving licence (only for those volunteers who want to support people to appointments or going out)

 


What is expected of me?

  • Give commitment and strive to help St John’s Winchester reach its objectives
  • To reflect the values of the Charity: to care, to empower scheme members, to value people, to foster our St John’s community spirit and to act with integrity
  • Respect our residents and staff and adhere to all confidentiality guidelines
  • Uphold the name and good reputation of St John’s Winchester at all times
  • Attend any training sessions required of you
  • Communicate with our staff members any concerns you may have about your role.

Details

  • Accessibility
  • Age restrictions
  • DBS check required
  • Equal Opportunities Policy
  • Expenses reimbursed
  • Health and Safety Policy
  • Ongoing support
  • Training provided
  • Volunteer induction
  • Volunteer Policy
  • Volunteers covered by insurance
  • Written role description

When can I volunteer?

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Availability Details

The role is flexible. The service operates from 8:30am - 4:30pm, Monday to Friday. However you can dedicate a few hours a week or on a more regular basis. Contact us for more information; we welcome different levels of availability.


Location

32 St John's South
The Broadway
Winchester
SO23 9LN

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