*Caring for a child with a life-shortening condition is a full time job. Our families need help with activities and practical tasks. As a CHAS Home Support volunteer you will be matched to one family to support them with whatever tasks will help them most.*
-What activities will I be involved in?
The tasks will vary according to the family’s needs but will mainly be:
- Sibling support – which can include help with homework, activity and play, drop off and pick up from clubs or groups
- Practical tasks for the family – such as cleaning, ironing, shopping and/or dog walking
- Emotional support – providing companionship, listening to concerns and building a relationship with the family.
-What skills and abilities will I need to have?
- Compassionate nature
- A desire to support families in their own home
- Ability to be flexible and reliable
- Good listening skills
- Shared values with CHAS: respect, care, honesty, accountability
- Access to reliable public transport or a clean and current driving licence and access to a vehicle is required, as visits will take place within the families own homes therefore travel will be required (any travel and out of pocket costs will also be reimbursed to all volunteers)
-How much time should I offer?
We are currently looking for individuals aged 18 or over who can visit families within their own homes, once a week for a minimum of 2-4 hours. Visits take place during the day, as well at evenings and weekends, so Home Support volunteers need to be able to be flexible and potentially available 7 days per week.
Travel time will also need to be considered but we will try to keep this to a minimum where possible.
-Where is the Opportunity based?
We are looking for volunteers in the North East of Scotland, covering Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire and Moray.
-What ongoing learning/support/guidance will I receive?
It is important to us that you feel happy, safe and confident in your role. As a CHAS Home Support volunteer you will be thoroughly trained and supported throughout your volunteering journey with us.
Before you start your role you will receive an induction to CHAS, along with an assessed learning package which will consist of 4 x 3 hour weekly sessions which is tailored to your role (these sessions will take place via Zoom due to the current Covid-19 restrictions).
Along with this, you will also receive regular support and supervision.
We are always developing new opportunities for volunteers to learn and offer a range of options for volunteers including ongoing training and volunteer meet ups.
-What are the benefits to me?
- Learning new skills
- Making a real difference to the families of children with a life-shortening condition.
- Adding to your CV which can open up employment and studying opportunities
- Meeting new people
- Increased self-esteem and confidence
-What else should I know?
Home Support volunteers must be aged 18 or older.
We will pay your out of pocket expenses in line with the CHAS volunteer expenses policy.
All our Home Support volunteers require membership of the PVG scheme, CHAS will cover all costs associated with this.
-What’s the next step?
If you’re interested in the role you can apply online at https://www.chas.org.uk/get-involved/volunteer/volunteer-application-form
If you have any questions please contact the Volunteering Team on firstname.lastname@example.org or 0141 779 6195.