Older people's group volunteer

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Could you volunteer at our friendly group in Bognor or Chichester?

Bognor Regis and Chichester older people's group

Bognor Tea and Chat and Chichester drop-in are services for older people with mental health needs (e.g. depression, anxiety, low mood due to social isolation, mild dementia)

General volunteer

This role involves assisting service users and staff at these groups. Held at the Salvation Army Hub in Bognor, running on weekdays (Mon/Wed/Fri) in the afternoons and at Chichester Boys Club on Monday & Wednesday afternoons and at St Pancras Parish Hall on Friday afternoons.

What's involved?

There are many possible tasks and contributions; we would find out how we can use your skills, abilities and interests to support the needs our service users and the staff team. Tasks and duties could include:

Helping to set up the room e.g. putting out tables and chairs, setting tables for meals.

Welcoming and chatting to Service Users

Making refreshments/light lunches/teas and coffees/washing-up

Helping and supporting staff with the preparation of activity materials

Purchasing supplies or materials

Minor administration tasks

Helping with or leading some activities (if appropriate)

Accompanying some service users out and about (if appropriate and feasible)

Helping to clear up at the end of sessions

 

What will you get out of it?

The opportunity to use and develop your skills and personal qualities doing rewarding work.  The chance to learn new skills and understanding about people with mental health needs. You will receive information, support, coaching or training to carry out the role. This is an ideal role for: someone considering a career working with older people; someone who cares about the well-being of others and their community. Reasonable travel expenses will be reimbursed.

What we ask for

Volunteers need to be sympathetic, caring and welcoming; be patient and able to get on with people from a range of backgrounds. A general knowledge of and/or interest in mental health issues would be useful, but not essential. Because the role involves working closely with older people who may be vulnerable, we need to take up two references and carry out a DBS criminal records check.  If suitable for the role we ask people to make a reasonable commitment to their volunteering.  (E.g. Most Mondays, for three hours, for 6 months).

Interested?

If you want to find out more have a chat with the project staff at one of the sessions. 

For Chichester phone Rayner on 07495 077298 or email rayner.waszkiewicz@coastalwestsussexmind.org

For Bognor Regis phone 07495 077341 or email Joanna.bulis@coastalwestsussexmind.org

Want to apply?

Simply complete an application form, letting us know a bit more about yourself and what you hope gain from volunteering, and email it to info@coastalwestsussexmind.org 

Volunteer application form

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