Action on Elder Abuse – EARS Outreach Support Volunteer

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Details of the Charity:

Action on Elder Abuse works to protect and prevent the abuse of vulnerable older adults and by doing so also protects other adults at risk of abuse. Action on Elder Abuse is the first charity to address these problems and are the only charity in the UK working exclusively in the issue today.

Action on Elder Abuse run the Elder Abuse Recovery Service (EARS) which aims to enable survivors of elder abuse to achieve full recovery and put their trauma behind them. Victims are matched with a volunteer who will support them over the phone, in person, or within the local community.

Details of the Volunteering Opportunity:

The Outreach Support Volunteer will help elder clients through their trauma of elder abuse onto a pathway of recovery by building a friendship based on trust and respect, and to support and empower an older person which will help improve their overall health and well-being, and reduce isolation.

Tasks include:

  • Introducing the client to activities or groups they might not have tried before
  • Supporting the client to overcome any barriers to commence recovery
  • Working towards mutually agreed goals as stipulated in the client’s individual development plan
  • Encourage and motivate the client to be more physically active, engage socially, or improve their health and wellbeing
  • Attending support/advice/training sessions with other volunteers
  • Refer all information and advice enquiries to the Volunteer Coordinator

Location: Southwark, Lambeth and/or Croydon

Commitment: a minimum of 4 hours a week, for 6 months

Skills Required:

  • Good communication and listening skills
  • Patience and tact
  • Caring, empathetic, sensitive manner and a non-judgemental approach
  • Reliable, dependable and flexible
  • To be able to recognise and work within personal and organisational boundaries
  • Understanding of confidentiality (working within AEA policies and procedures)
  • Commitment to understanding the needs of older people
  • Willingness to help raise self-esteem and confidence through a positive befriending relationship
  • Willingness to work without direct supervision

*DBS required – provided free of charge by Brunel Volunteers

Additional Benefits to the Volunteer:

  • Travel expenses reimbursed
  • Induction training (2 days)
  • On-going support is provided
  • Make a real contribution to work towards a safer community for all elderly adults across the UK
  • Valuable experience and skills that you can add to your CV
  • 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 Ceremony

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