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Volunteering with the Red Cross

Type: Befriending / Companionship, Emotional / social support

Location: All of Plymouth

The British Red Cross has been a lifeline for people in crisis for over 150 years. Today, in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic, that lifeline means more than ever.

Thanks to our dedicated team of Red Cross Volunteers, we’re able to provide services specifically designed to help people most in need in the UK. We provide practical, local and emotional support to people around the UK.

For people leaving hospital, adjusting to life at home can be a difficult time. Helping someone get their essential shopping, pick up their prescription or get the heating turned on can make all the difference for them to feel safe at home.

We would like you to be able to:-
*Travel in Plymouth and the surrounding areas including areas close to Cornwall.
*We are looking for volunteers who are able to give 4-6 hours per week. Monday to Friday 9am -5pm
*Have held a driving licence for at least 2 years which allows you to drive in the UK and have access to your own vehicle.

Why we want you:
If you are compassionate and like helping and meeting people, then this could be the role for you. Volunteers like you support people who are leaving hospital, helping to build their confidence so that they can continue to live independently in their own home.

What you will be doing:
*Visit people in hospital as they are getting ready to go home.
*Bring people home from hospital.
*Help someone settle in when they first arrive home.
*Support with shopping and collecting prescriptions.
*Help people find further support if they need it.
*Keep records of tasks.

The skills you need:
*Warm and friendly with empathy for others.
*Good communication skills.
*Encouraging and supportive.
*Enjoy meeting and spending time with new people.
*Can work independently and as a part of a team.
*Able to commit to a regular shift.

What’s in it for you:
*Meet new people and be part of a dynamic and inclusive team.
*A great opportunity to develop your existing skills and gain new ones.
*All training and induction for the role (there is no charge for training).
*Reasonable pre-agreed travel expenses for the role including for attending training.
*An opportunity to be part of the world’s largest humanitarian organisation and the knowledge that you are making a difference to people’s lives.

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