SUPPORTING OLDER PEOPLE

Unlocking Loneliness Since 1982

Volunteering Frequently Asked Questions Why does Supporting Older People need volunteers? Volunteers enhance our team, bringing a wealth of experience & skills, in addition to the many hours of support they offer to our clients. For example, our Home Visiting Scheme currently provides over 3000 hours of volunteer visits per year! What can I gain from volunteering? Volunteering can be a means to acquiring new skills and experiences and can be a useful addition to your C.V. or Personal Statement for UCAS. Many of our volunteers have been with us for over 10 years, which reflects the enjoyment and satisfaction they gain from making a big difference to the life of a lonely older person. We are always happy to provide a reference for a volunteer, if requested to do so. What have I got to offer? You do not need any specific qualifications for any of our volunteering roles. We need people who are outgoing, chatty and non-judgemental. A sense of humour is a great asset, along with a genuine interest in people and their life stories! Will I need training? No formal training is required but all of our volunteers receive a handbook which contains essential information about lone working .We can occasionally provide any relevant training such as wheelchair handling, should your role require it. We will support you to ensure you feel confident in fulfilling your volunteering role. How much time do I have to give? This is down to you and your availability. We will happily work with whatever time you are able to offer us. For example, some of our volunteers are only available at the weekends, whilst others prefer a weekday. We are very flexible! Can I claim expenses? Volunteers can claim out of pocket expenses incurred whilst carrying out their role. These must be agreed in advance in line with Supporting Older People's policy. Will I need a Police check? Because Supporting Older People involves direct contact with vulnerable people; we will apply for a Disclosure and Barring Scheme check. There is no cost to you for this, and do be assured that having a past conviction would not necessarily prevent you from volunteering with us. We consider every situation carefully before making a decision. Will volunteering affect any benefits I am receiving? Volunteering shouldn’t affect your benefits. For the latest information contact your local job centre plus office. You may actually find that volunteering helps you to secure employment by enhancing your C.V. What support will I receive? We acknowledge that our volunteers bring a wide variety of experience and skills and we welcome this as it enables us to provide a person-centred service. We are committed to supporting all our volunteers to ensure they have a positive experience whilst volunteering for us. What age can I start volunteering? We encourage volunteers of all ages, but our minimum age is 16, as this is the restriction imposed by the Disclosure and Barring Scheme. What types of things can I do as a volunteer? We have many opportunities available, including befriending, driving, helping with activities and events, fundraising and being a trustee. Please check out our Opportunities page. How do I apply to volunteer? Please either call us on 01423 531490 or email sop.harrogate@gmail.com

SUPPORTING OLDER PEOPLE                                                 

Registered Charity Number 1086909

Tel: 01423 531490

sop.harrogate@gmail.com