The role is key to the development and delivery of Hourglass England safer ageing work. Safer ageing volunteers will perform various functions, such as volunteer driver, group facilitator, listening ear, or advocate, to name a few. The role can reflect the skills and interest of the volunteer while fitting within the aims of the work.
Hosting interest/activity groups for older people, hosting coffee mornings, driving older people to and from appointments, or collecting shopping/prescriptions. Staffing information stands at events/venues.
Making regular safer ageing phone calls or visits to older people.
Acting as an advocate on behalf of an older person.
Other task may be undertaken in line with volunteers skills and interest.
Demonstrate commitment to Hourglass’s ethos of “Safer Ageing, Stopping Abuse”
Demonstrate an understanding of the experiences of and issues affecting older people
Reliable and able to commit to agreed hours, as well as initial training
Display patience, sensitivity and resilience
Can maintain confidentiality and deal appropriately with sensitive issues
Ability to listen patiently and constructively, and provide advice and guidance in a non-judgemental manner
Can recognise and work within personal and organisation boundaries
Home based with travel around County Durham
Expenses will be reimbursed
Our volunteers will join a dynamic organisation, helping us shape our work to empower older people to experience safer ageing.