Support Volunteer

Posted by The MS Society

Support Volunteer

Burnley, Lancashire

Voluntary

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We’re the MS Society – a community of people living with MS, scientists, campaigners, volunteers and fundraisers. Read more

Job Description

Our empathetic and impartial Support Volunteers use their excellent listening and interpersonal skills to provide support to people with MS, their family, friends and carers.

We’re the MS Society – a community of people living with MS, scientists, campaigners, listeners, organisers, ambassadors and fundraisers. Our volunteers are a key part of achieving our goals and their support is vital. Join us.

About this opportunity
We are looking to recruit a Support Volunteer for the Burnley and Pendle Group. As a Support Volunteer, you will be providing support to people with MS, their family, friends and carers.

Would you like to make a positive difference to the lives of people affected by MS? Could you provide support to people with MS, their family, friends and carers? If so, then you're the person we need! The MS Society Burnley, Pendle and Rossendale Group is looking to recruit a number of friendly and enthusiastic Support Volunteers to the team.

The Support Volunteer role is varied but may involve answering support phone calls, speaking to people face to face in a safe public environment (or accompanied if home-visiting), signposting people to up- to-date information about services (health, care, benefits and other relevant services) in the area, assisting people to complete grant applications, helping to organise activities, etc.

We are a small and friendly team of eight volunteers who meet regularly to plan and deliver a variety of events and activities with and for people affected by multiple sclerosis across the area we cover. We currently provide regular socials (evenings and daytime), a grants programme, information and signposting, a quarterly newsletter, reflexology, acupuncture, an active Facebook page and much more. We also fundraise throughout the year to ensure we are able to provide these activities. We're very passionate about making sure that people affected by MS across the area have access to all of the above and we are really keen to welcome you on board with the team to help us do even more. So if you'd like to make a big difference, please get in touch with us today!

You will be volunteering at home and out and about in your local community and will ideally be able to meet up with the volunteer coordinating Team each month. We are flexible about the hours and days you volunteer because we understand that you have other commitments but the anticipated time for this role is expected to be approx 6-12 hours per month.

There will be initial training for this role which will take one day and telephone based peer support sessions are available for all Support Volunteers. You will receive a welcome pack and volunteer induction, as well as regular support from the rest of the volunteer team and a local member of staff. All volunteers are given regular opportunities to attend volunteer forums to meet with other volunteers, share learning and experiences and receive national updates. Out of pocket expenses can be claimed in line with our expenses policy. This is a great opportunity to gain experience within a large charity and develop your existing skills and learn new ones. We need you to get involved and help make positive changes to the lives of people affected by MS.

This is a great opportunity to gain experience within a large charity and develop your existing skills and learn new ones. We need you to get involved and help make positive changes to the lives of people affected by MS.

About you
You’ll have an interest in the MS Society and the work that we do, as well as the enthusiasm to represent both us and our values locally. You will understand the needs of people affected by MS in your area and be sympathetic to the needs and motivations of volunteers. You’ll have empathetic listening and interpersonal skills.

You’ll be a friendly person with an interest in the MS Society and the work that we do, as well as the enthusiasm to represent both us and our values locally. You will understand the needs of people affected by MS in your area and be sympathetic to the needs and motivations of volunteers. You’ll have empathetic listening and interpersonal skills. Ideally you'll be confident using the internet and email although this is not vital. Knowledge of other local services throughout the area that may be appropriate would also be an advantage. You’ll need to be based in or near the areas of Burnley, Pendle & Rossendale to carry out this role.

You’ll need to live in the area to carry out this role.

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