Emotional Support Volunteer - Remote Befriending Service

  • VO78940


Description

People affected by cancer tell us they need support during their cancer journey, and sometimes people cannot access support face to face in their local community. Our new remote befrienders service aims to help to break down isolation by offering one-to-one befriending over the phone, by email, letter or text. By choosing to join us as an emotional support volunteer you will be doing something amazing for people at a difficult time.

What is involved?
You will be helping someone affected by cancer who cannot access face to face support because they live in an area with no suitable local support. You will provide emotional support such as listening and talking, or exchanging emails, providing a supportive relationship to help reduce feelings of isolation offer reassurance and increase confidence.
This role involves volunteering unsupervised, usually from your own home. Support is available from your Macmillan Volunteer Manager or Co-ordinator or from the Services Lead Volunteer. You will also be given an induction and appropriate training.

What you won’t be expected to do
•Give advice to the person that you are matched with, although you may be able to signpost them to other Macmillan and community services which can offer guidance.
•Provide indefinite support to the person that you are matched with. The service is usually time limited to a 12-week period, except for exceptional circumstances.

What will you get out of it?
•Be part of an enthusiastic team of people who want to make a difference, just like you
•Have a rewarding experience making a difference to people affected by cancer
•Receive induction and ongoing training in individual and group volunteer support sessions
•Use and develop your communication and people skills enhancing your CV
•Receive agreed out of pocket expenses reimbursed within our guidelines

How much time should I give?
This is flexible based on the time that you have available and the needs of the people that we support. We would suggest a few hours a week ideally for a year or more.

Apply today by completing an online application form at https://www.macmillan.org.uk/get-involved/volunteering/how-to-volunteer.html We’ll contact you to discuss your application and the role in more detail, and answer questions.

for more information regarding this role/volunteering with us in Aberdeen / North of Scotland please contact Tina Morrow on 07455765844 or tmorrow@macmillan.org.uk to find out more.

Organisation aims and objectives

At Macmillan, we know cancer can affect everything. But right now, we can’t reach everyone who needs us. Almost half of us will get cancer, and we need your help to make sure that people get the support they need. Whether it’s minutes or months, hours or days, the time you give by volunteering with Macmillan really does matter.

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Flexible times available. All help is greatly appreciated

Restrictions

This role requires a criminal record check (DBS/PVG/AccessNI) and we will support you in completing this, separate to the recruitment process (checks are free/there is no cost for this for volunteers).
Experience required: •good listener, clear communicator •able to maintain confidentiality •patient, flexible and reliable •able to work independently with guidance and support •able to recognise when to ask for support •able to respect other’s differences and choices
Travel details: This role involves volunteering unsupervised, usually from your own home. Support is available from your Macmillan Volunteer Manager or Co-ordinator or from the Services Lead Volunteer. You will also be given an induction and appropriate training.
Minimum age: 16

Support

Expenses paid: Yes
Expenses details: Agreed out of pocket expenses reimbursed within our guidelines.
Training details: Excellent support and relevant training is provided to all volunteers. Support is available from your Macmillan Volunteer Manager or Co-ordinator or from the Services Lead Volunteer. You will also be given an induction and appropriate training.
Support: Named Contact For Volunteer,
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Last updated 2 months ago

Please note, organisations are currently experiencing a large volume of enquiries from people looking to help out. They may not always be able to meet this demand so please be patient, you may not receive a quick response or be assigned to a role.