Our Help at Home service provides a reliable and tailored service to support older people to remain safe and happy in their own home. The scheme offers help with small, practical jobs to make life easier and safer around the home, garden maintenance or shopping support.
The project will build relationships between volunteers and clients so that while a lightbulb is being changed a cup of tea and a chat can also be shared. This provides an often much-needed interaction for an older person and the volunteer alike. Similarly, by helping an older person a volunteer not only offers the solution to a practical task but the opportunity to get out and have a change of scenery themselves.
The role will provide domestic and social support services within a client’s home and out in the community, following an agreed support plan. These services will assist to prevent social isolation, improve wellbeing and maintain independence. The role will not include providing personal care to clients.
Tasks could include:-
Handyman services - putting up curtain poles, hanging pictures and mirrors, securing safety rails, decorating and DIY
Help in the Home - housework, laundry, shopping, appointments
Gardening - weeding and clearing, pruning, hedge trimming, planting, mowing.
An interest in supporting and improving the lives of older people
An interest in gardening or DIY
We provide a flexible and supportive experience where volunteers can fit their volunteering around other commitments on a regular or ad hoc basis, which can be in the daytime or the evening and during the week or at the weekend. You will be working within clients homes or gardens. Opportunities are available across County Durham.
You will receive ongoing training and support from our Volunteer Coordinators.
The organisation provides appropriate insurance for all volunteers whilst they are undertaking their role. Travel expenses are available and will be paid up to a pre-agreed limit.
Being a Help at Home volunteer is a very rewarding experience. Your donation of time, no matter how small is greatly valued and appreciated as it makes a significant difference to the life of a vulnerable person. Our Volunteers say they get an enormous sense of achievement in doing something useful that wouldn’t get done without their help. In addition, they get the opportunity to use their talents and explore their capabilities.
This volunteer role will be subject to a basic or enhanced DBS check dependent upon the service provided to the client(s).