Whether you can give a couple of hours a day, a month or just every now and then, there are so many different opportunities for you to volunteer with us at Swindon Carers Centre.
Here is a quick overview of the volunteer roles we currently have available. You can read the full role descriptions by clicking on the volunteer role titles.
Dementia Group Volunteer: We invite anyone with a good understanding of the needs of those living with dementia to volunteer in this unique group. We work in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Society so both carers and the person they care for can come along together. Carers can take a break and have a chat whilst the person with dementia is supported to take part in their own activity next door. The support group meets one afternoon a month
Young Carer Group Volunteer: We have three different age specific young carer groups running on Monday evenings throughout the school term. The ages range from 5–18 years old. Volunteers are required to support a range of activities, such as art, cooking and play. If you have plenty of energy or would like to gain experience working with children of all ages, this could be the role for you. We are currently looking for volunteers on Monday evenings from 4:30pm–7:15pm.
Meet and Greet Volunteers with Adult Carers: Do you like meeting new people? We are looking for volunteers to help out at our carers’ cuppas or occasional activities. The main purpose of the role will be to meet carers as they arrive at a venue with a welcoming and friendly face directing them where to go.
Young Carers School Holiday Activities Volunteer: During the school holidays we offer a wide range of activities, both within the local community and further afield, to small and large groups of young carers. All activities are age specific for ages 5-18 years old. We would like to offer more places to our young carers, however, we are often limited by the number of adults available to supervise. Volunteers must be available during the day throughout the school holidays. We offer a range of activities from horse riding to trips to the theatre or theme parks.
Volunteer Counsellor Role: We would like to offer more carers registered with us an opportunity to access counselling. We aim to work with volunteers who can provide this service. Ideally, you should be qualified to a minimum of Diploma level and have your own insurance and supervision in place. We offer out of pocket expenses to cover external supervision costs.
Volunteer Benefits Assistant: Last year, our benefits team, who are mainly volunteers, helped our carers to access over £200,000 of benefits. Many carers had no idea they were entitled to claim for the benefits they now receive. Do you have knowledge of the benefit system and a couple of hours a week to spare? Just a little bit of your time could make a significant difference to a carer and their loved ones.