Durham County Carers Support

Durham County Carers Support is a registered Charity and Company Limited by Guarantee. We are a voluntary organisation that provides free high quality services and support to unpaid Carers over the age of 18 who support someone living in the County Durham and Darlington areas.

We pride ourselves on helping those who help others by offering a range of services from: Carer support; training for Carers; helping to give Carers some extra time to look after their own wellbeing; and to take a break.

Here at Durham County Carers Support we value all of our volunteers no matter how much time they can spare, it can make a big difference to the service we provide. We are your local charity here for local Carers.

Durham County Carers Support
Recognition of Quality Volunteer Experience

Active opportunities

KIT Team Volunteer

Ferryhill   Weardale   Bishop Auckland   Spennymoor   Sedgefield   Peterlee   Seaham   Consett   Shildon   Crook/Willington   Chester le Street   Lanchester   Teesdale   Newton Aycliffe   Stanley   Volunteering from Home   Durham City  
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Parent Carer Team Volunteer

Ferryhill   Weardale   Bishop Auckland   Spennymoor   Sedgefield   Peterlee   Seaham   Consett   Shildon   Crook/Willington   Chester le Street   Teesdale   Newton Aycliffe   Stanley   Volunteering from Home   Durham City  
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Online Meet and Greet Support Volunteer

Ferryhill   Weardale   Bishop Auckland   Spennymoor   Sedgefield   Peterlee   Seaham   Consett   Shildon   Crook/Willington   Chester le Street   Teesdale   Newton Aycliffe   Stanley   Volunteering from Home   Durham City  
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Connecting Carers Volunteer

Volunteering from Home  
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                      'Carers  who  have  not  been  able  to  access  online  training,  meetings  or  see  family  during  the  pandemic  have  been  at  a  huge  disadvantage.  We  began  a  project  in  January  2021  to  identify  and  support  those  Carers  whether  they  are  complete  beginners  or  have  some  limited  knowledge  but  want  to  know  more.  We  are  recruiting  volunteers  to  help  us  expand  the  project  and  reach  more  people.  We  need  volunteers  to  support  staff  with  online  workshops  and  courses  as  well  as  support  people  one  to  one  or  in  groups.  You  don’t  have  to  be  an  IT  professional  but  have  the  practical  knowledge  and  understanding  to  help  someone  get  over  the  challenges  of  a  range  of  tasks  like  sending  an  email,  getting  onto  a  Zoom  meeting  or  using  a  smart  device  like  Alexa.  We  will  be  working  towards  meeting  Carers  face  to  face  in  the  Autumn  of  2021  as  well  as  continuing  to  hold  online  meetings,  so  we  need  volunteers  to  support  us  in  both  ways.',
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                    contactPerson:  'andrea  emerson',
                    contactEmail:  'andrea.emerson@dccarers.org',
                    contactTelephone:  '0191  500  6010',
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                      'Durham  County  Carers  Support,  Enterprise  House,  Spennymoor,  Co  Durham,  DL16  6JF',
                    hours:  'flexible',
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                      '•\tUnderstand  and  support  Carers  to  use  all  sorts  of  equipment,  operating  systems  and  software  programs  and  apps\n\n•\tAssist  the  Connecting  Carers  Lead  with  any  surgeries  or  workshops\n',
                    skillsExperienceAndQualitiesNeeded:
                      '•\tAn  understanding  of  and  a  sensitive  approach  towards  the  situations,  needs  and  difficulties  faced  by  Carers  \n•\tGood  knowledge  and  understanding  of  hardware,  software  and  systems  needed  to  achieve  the  aims  of  the  project    \n•\tGood  knowledge  and  skills  of  using  online  meetings  via  Zoom  and  Microsoft  Teams\n•\tThe  ability  to  empathise  with  Carers  of  all  ages  and  abilities  and  to  support  them  to  overcome  their  fears  around  IT  \n•\tAbility  to  communicate  effectively  with  people  at  all  levels  \n•\tA  flexible  approach  to  times  and  days\n',
                    whenAndWhere:  'working  from  home  and  eventually  out  in  County  Durham',
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