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Carers Trust Thames – Care Associate

Details of the Charity:

Carers Trust Thames is a leading provider of high quality services for carers and the people they care for. We want every carer to be recognised, supported and offered services that help them maintain their own health and wellbeing, and we pride ourselves on providing the special quality of care that gives people peace of mind.

A person’s belief in and adherence to our values is important. Our values are that we are:

  1. Trustworthy, accountable and transparent
  2. Passionate, with a commitment and dedication to providing quality services
  3. Outward focused, innovative and open to working in partnership with others
  4. Inclusive, valuing difference and diversity and treating everyone with dignity and respect

Details of the Volunteering Opportunity:

The role of Volunteer Care Associate will help to relieve family carers of their responsibilities for a few hours each week by supporting the person that they care for. This could either be taking them out in the community or offering companionship to them in their own home. This will help the family carer to have a much need break from their caring role.

Main tasks:

  • Enabling carers to have a break by working with vulnerable people to provide them with support to live as independently as possible
  • Providing companionship to people for a mutually agreed time period
  • Supporting people to go out in the community to access activities that they enjoy
  • Completing a basic record of the support provided
  • Notifying the office of any concerns, issues or changes to care needs

Volunteers are required for a few hours per week for a minimum of 6 months but preferably at least 9-12 month to ensure continuity of care for the people we support.

Skills Required:

  • Energy, passion and enthusiasm
  • A positive and supportive approach
  • Patience and understanding
  • Reliability and an ability to maintain confidentiality and professional boundaries
  • An understanding of safeguarding vulnerable people (training provided)

Additional Benefits:

  • Stand out in the job market
  • Travel expenses reimbursed
  • Hours volunteered will be recorded on your HEAR – which goes on your permanent university record
  • All hours contribute towards your Brunel Volunteers Award, which leads to an invitation to the Brunel Volunteers Awards Ceremonny in May
  • Interested? Apply below:
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  • Name
  • Have you come to study at Brunel from outside the EU
  • If you are an international student which visa do you hold?