Would you like to volunteer your time at a care home? Are you naturally caring and curious about caring for those in later life? It’s a unique opportunity to support your local community, do some social good and have a real impact on people’s lives.

What’s involved in volunteering?

First off, our volunteers don’t get involved in administering care or feeding residents who need assistance. You’d be part of our social scene. Volunteering can be as simple as sitting in our communal lounges and chatting with residents – the light day-to-day stuff and sometimes the meaningful moments. Our volunteers also help us with organised activities and events within the care home grounds, as well as on trips out.

And if you’ve got certain entertainment skills or specialist knowledge, so much the better. Singers, musicians, magicians, gardeners, beauty therapists, handicraft enthusiasts… the list goes on. Our residents love the passion for familiar and completely new areas that our volunteers bring. You might be just who they’d love to meet.

How do I get started?

Give your local care home manager a call and arrange a time to pop in for a cup of tea and a chat. We’ll discuss more about your background and why you’d like to get involved. We’re looking for certain levels of commitment – reliability and regularity are really important to us and our residents. We’ll also need to get character references and undertake a DBS check, which helps us keep our residents safe. Once you’ve become a volunteer, we’ll even offer certain training, such as fire safety, and if you’re interested in care generally, there’s the option to apply for carer training.

Still keen? Find your nearest care home and get in touch.

I feel I have been nurtured and supported by my staff team, managers and company directors.

Mareena Varghese - Senior Nurse

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