Volunteering at Caring Homes

Do you want to care for the nation’s families?

The current crisis has presented us with the opportunity to support one another and our communities in all sorts of ways, many of which we have never done before.   We have relaunched our volunteer campaign to encourage new team members to join us.

The essence of family is at the heart of our ethos as we continue to react to the current Covid 19 outbreak and period of lockdown and self-isolation which could continue for some weeks.

Why is volunteering important?

Volunteering gives us the opportunity to support one another and our communities in all sorts of ways. As well as helping others, volunteering has been shown to improve volunteers’ wellbeing too. It’s human nature to feel good after helping someone out. Volunteering can also help you gain valuable new skills and experiences and boost your confidence.

In 2017/18, 20.1 million (38%) people in the UK volunteered formally at least once a year and 11.8 million (22%) of people did so at least once a month.

Wanting to do good’ is the most common motivation to volunteer with 46% of people said that they volunteer to improve things and help others. And 67% of volunteers give their time to charities and community groups, but many others also volunteer in the public and private sectors.*

How to get involved

If you’re interested in volunteering, here’s how to get started.

We’re always looking for friendly, approachable people from the local community to spend time with our residents, and whatever your background, interests and experience we’ll find the right opportunity for you to help make a big difference in our homes.

Our residents come from all walks of life and whilst every volunteering opportunity is different, it’s all about making friends and sharing hobbies, interests and new experiences and of course it’s rewarding for you too.

Improving health and wellbeing

For many residents, volunteers can provide important opportunities for socialisation, company with a new face to talk to about related interests and pastimes.

By volunteering, our residents would simply enjoy hearing about your experiences and appreciate the companionship.

Opportunities to volunteer

Whatever you have to offer, we can help you find the right volunteering opportunity to suit your interests and background.

It could be that you’re a keen gardener that could come into our home and talk about a gardening topic close to your heart or run a demonstration about plant growing. Maybe you’re well-travelled and a great photographer and could come in and do a talk about your experiences? If your passion is art, then like-minded residents would love the opportunity to see your work or listen to a talk about what art inspires you and maybe take part in a painting activity.

Are you musical, can you sing, play an instrument or do you enjoy listening to music? Maybe you can share these skills with older residents in our home. As well as sharing your experiences, we could work with you to plan an activity based on your interests that would be shared with a wide audience of our residents. A little of your time really could make a big difference.

Who can volunteer?

Our volunteering opportunities are open to everyone over the age of 16, so if you’re friendly, approachable and have good people skills then we will work to find you a volunteering opportunity that suits the amount of time you have to give. All you need is lots of enthusiasm and a passion for supporting your community.

If you’re interested in volunteering, here’s how to get started.

*Sources of data and research
Government Community Life Survey and Time Well Spent: A national survey on the volunteer experience, undertaken by the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO).