Your Support is Important to us
Volunteers play an essential part in making Gateshead Carers a successfully run charity by giving their time, talents, energy and enthusiasm. Volunteering your time can also help with personal development and developing your talents. We are keen to recruit volunteers to help Gateshead Carers identify and help our work to support carers. You can help in a variety of ways:
We offer a befriending service which aims to provide adult unpaid carers in Gateshead a break by matching a volunteer befriender with the cared for person (befriendee).
The aim is to reduce the social isolation for both the carer and the cared for person. By having a volunteer befriender, the overall wellbeing will improve as the carer will have time for themselves and the cared for person will be able to spend time with someone.
The role of a volunteer befriender is not to provide personal care to the cared for person, e.g. administering medicines, wounds dressing, lifting and moving, clothes dressing, bathing, washing, and toileting.
The role of a volunteer befriender is;
- To meet with the befriendee on a regular at an agreed place and time. This may be the cared for person’s home.
- To develop positive relationships with that person (training provided)
- To manage the befriending relationship and maintain appropriate boundaries (training provided)
- To maintain regular contact with the Volunteer Co-ordinator and report any issues or concerns (training provided)
- To adhere to Gateshead Carers policies and procedures appropriate to the role
- To attend any relevant training arranged by Gateshead Carers
This will be flexible and will depend on the individual needs of the people we work with and the volunteer’s availability but will usually be a minimum of 2-3 hours per week for a maximum of 16 weeks for each cared for person, to avoid creating dependency on the Befriender. A befriender can be matched with more than one person during the same period depending on their availability.
For a full description of the Volunteer Befriender role, click here.
For our Volunteer Befriender leaflet, click here.
We are looking for people who can find out what is going on in communities and neighbourhoods through chatting with the people. Community Connectors find activities and groups that carers could attend to help reduce social isolation and improve the quality of life for unpaid carers living locally. These activities could include, book clubs, knitting groups, sewing groups, or dog walking groups which carers might be able to join.
Community Connectors also spread the word about Gateshead Carers Association and the services we offer to the local people. You could be anywhere chatting with the community so there are no formal or specific places to be letting the local people know of Gateshead Carers Association.
Being a Community Connector is not about giving up a fixed 2 hours of your time to volunteer for us. It’s about you going about your normal day and using any conversations you have to mention us or find out about any local groups and activities which may be of interest to carers.
A Community Connector is required:
- To maintain regular contact with the Volunteer Co-ordinator and let us know where you had conversations as well as anything you have learned about activities and groups, and any issues or concerns you may have. (training provided)
- To adhere to Gateshead Carers policies and procedures appropriate to the role. (training provided)
- To attend any other relevant training arranged by Gateshead Carers.
For a full description of the Volunteer Community Connector, click here.
Carers Knowledge Panel
If you currently have a caring role you may like to join our Carers Knowledge Panel which meets to discuss important issues affecting carers. Your views and feedback are essential in helping us to shape our wellbeing offer e.g. introducing new topics as part of our Personal Development theme for our Care to Share guided discussions or to input to the development of our online communication channels, like our website and newsletter. Perhaps you may like to be one of our Media Spokespeople sharing your knowledge to help other carers in Gateshead!
For more information on the Carers Knowledge Panel, click here.
Volunteering in other ways
Help with events
Throughout the year Gateshead Carers hold events including Carers Week activities, information stands and community fun days. If you would like to volunteer to support at any of these events please get in touch here. Volunteers can be vital to making these events a success.
Every 3 months we produce a newsletter for carers, partners and professionals working with carers and their families. We need help packing and labelling over 2000 newsletters and are looking for volunteers who can spare a few hours of their time to help with this operation. Please get in touch here if you would like to get involved.
Help with fundraising
Whether you can sell raffle tickets, help out at bag packs, organise coffee mornings or give out collection tins, volunteers are a crucial part of fundraising and ensure that future services are provided by Gateshead Carers.
Join our Board of trustees
New board members are nominated and recruited for their specific skills and expertise, take a look at our members to see what they each bring to the charity. Currently we are looking to appoint board members with experience and knowledge in Human Resources or with a legal background. If you think you could bring these skills to Gateshead Carers, please get in touch here.
If you are interested in volunteering your time for Gateshead Carers please click here and complete our enquiry form or call 0191 4900121 today.