What does a BJSS volunteer do?
Any number of things. We always welcome volunteers who want to help others in the wider community.
There are a large variety of calls upon BJSS and our volunteers. You could:
Telephone a client for a chat, either as a one-off or regularly. They may be lonely or perhaps recovering from an illness
Help a client with shopping or other essential errands
Accompany a client when they do their shopping, take them out for afternoon tea, attend a hospital appointment etc.
Visit clients in their own homes, hospital or long stay residential / nursing care settings
Provide transport to appointments
Assist a client with their application for benefits, e.g. Blue Badge, Attendance Allowance etc.
Organise personal services - home care, hairdresser, chiropody, etc.
Help with basic IT skills - online shopping and Skype etc. to keep in touch with family and friends.
There are also opportunities to work with more experienced volunteers to become involved with tasks such as:
Assisting a client to sort out their housing needs, social care needs, or communicate with the local Social Services
Liaising with health care services
Should their situation warrant it, assisting a client apply for grants towards, for example, travel or housing requirements.
In all cases, guidance and support are always available. Also, of course, reimbursement is offered for any out of pocket expenses.
MARCH 2020 ONWARDS: In this period dealing with the requirements of the Covid-19 pandemic, current guidance for social interaction is fully taken into account. Therefore, a significant majority of our support has to be given via telephone / Zoom etc. rather than in person. This message will be updated as conditions change.
How do I become a volunteer?
Contact BJSS via email on firstname.lastname@example.org, complete the enquiry form on our web site at www.bjss.org.uk or telephone us on 01202 298817. We will have a chat with you to explain in more detail what BJSS’ role is in the community and find out what sort of tasks you would like to take on. We will also guide you through the straightforward application, interview and reference-checking process. Whatever help you think you can offer and whatever the time commitment you are willing to give is always welcome.