Role Description: You will support the locality worker at a local venue where carers can meet with their peers and are enabled to share their experiences, meet with other carers and learn more about our services. These groups bring together carers where they can talk or just listen to others. Your role will be to co-facilitate meetings alongside the Carer Wellbeing Locality Worker. The Co-Facilitator would also be responsible for alerting the Localities Carer Wellbeing Worker to any Safeguarding related concerns or disclosures.
What difference will you make?
You will be helping us to change the lives of carers by making sure they are heard and supported when they most need it and are looking for help. You will be making a difference by helping to facilitate the carer support groups alongside the locality Carer Wellbeing Worker ensuring that carers feel supported, listened to and heard.
Location: You will be located in the Chichester, Horsham and The Witterings area and will be required to travel to where the group meets.
Timings and commitment: A monthly commitment of 3 hours to support the group plus additional time for 1-1s with your mentor, training and meetings. All groups meet during the day. Timings and venues to be confirmed.
Minimum commitment of 12 months.
Skills and attributes required:
- Basic IT skills to be able to join online meetings and undertake online training
- Active listening, and excellent & effective communication
- Confident to engage with others within a face to face and virtual group setting
- An insight into issues carers face on a daily basis
- An empathetic caring approach when engaging with others
- To be non-judgemental and be able to maintain personal boundaries
- Encourage and promote carer health and wellbeing
Training and Support:
There is the following mandatory training required:
- CSWS Induction Training (online)
- Basic Adult Safeguarding (online)
- LGBTQ+ Carer Awareness (online)
- Co-facilitator specific training (online)
- GDPR (online)
The role is partly home based and you will need:
- · Access to a computer or laptop to attend meetings and training
- · Wifi access within your home
A designated mentor will support you in your role from the locality team you will be part of and provide you with 1-1 reviews on the role. You will be part of the Carers Support West Sussex wider volunteering team (currently around 90 volunteers) and will be invited to social meetings and events throughout the year. You will have access to support on the administration requirements for the role, entering timesheets and claiming expenses through the Volunteero app. We ask you to engage twice a year in a Volunteering Engagement Survey for us to get feedback from you. Ongoing opportunities are available for learning and development both internal and external.
- Out of pocket expenses are paid that includes travel and parking
- This role is available to anyone over the age of 18yrs
- Ongoing learning & development opportunities
- Access to Employee Assistance Programme to support wellbeing
- We will require 2 References and a basic DBS check
Our Culture and Diversity
At Carers Support, we are building an inclusive workplace where everyone can do their best and be proud to belong. The carers we support come from such different walks of life that we are particularly interested in attracting volunteers from similarly diverse backgrounds, including Asian, Arab, Black, Mixed/Multiple Ethnic Groups, White Other (e.g. Eastern European, Gypsy, Roma) and any other Ethnic minorities.
We believe that talent is distributed to all of us in equal measure and our differences are a strength not a weakness. Everyone’s unique history has value and our doors are open to people at every meeting of race, religion or belief, different physical ability, age, nationality or citizenship, ethnic origin, marital, domestic or civil partnership status, sex, sexual orientation, family structure, and gender identity.
Further information about our Volunteer Programme can be found on our website http://www.carerssupport.org.uk/get-involved/volunteering