Job description
Independent Living Volunteer
Could you help us to support someone experiencing a health and social care crisis?
Location: Havering, Barking & Dagenham, Redbridge
Commitment: Service operates 7 days a week & volunteering is flexible. Minimum 2-3 hours a week
Ideally we are looking for volunteers who can commit to volunteering for at least 9 months to 1 year due to the training and induction period
Volunteers should live within 30 minutes travelling of the area's covered
Age: 18 years+, must live in the UK
In 2020 the British Red Cross turns 150. It is thanks to all our supporters and volunteers that we have been able to provide health and social care support to people since 1870. Our volunteers provided health and social care support to people in the First and Second World war and continued providing these services in peace time and helped to create the NHS in 1948.
Today we continue to provide health and social care support through our Independent Living service that aims to support people experiencing a health crisis. From supporting people resettle into their homes after being discharged from hospital to supporting someone connect with others following a recent diagnosis of a long-term health condition. Help us continue our story by applying to volunteer with us today.
What would I be doing?
You will be helping provide practical and emotional support to people. Every individual will need different support from us to help, below are some examples of what you might support with:
  • Practical support such as light shopping for someone who has been discharged from hospital
  • Reconnecting people someone with their communities to help overcome loneliness
  • Helping someone connect with other organisations who can offer them support with their long-term health condition
If this is something that you feel you could support with, please apply today.
"I'm showing compassion, empowering people, letting them know what help is out there, and helping them move forward." Lisa, Independent Living Volunteer
Next Steps
After you apply for the role someone from our friendly recruitment team will be in touch with you to arrange an interview. This will be an opportunity for us to find out more about you and for you to find out more about this role. Following this interview if we both agree to continue with recruitment, we will invite you to meet the team and attend an induction day where you can find out more about what it is like to be a volunteer for the British Red Cross. this recruitment will include an interview, meet and greet and induction day. Dates to be confirmed.
Please do not worry if you cannot make the dates, we can offer alternatives.
If there is anything you would like to find out more about prior to applying for the role we would love to hear from you, please email us at:
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Posted on: 02 June 2020
Closed date: 15 June 2020
Job ref: REQ0000029RV
Tags: Vocational/Services