Volunteers needed to offer helping hand

Published Thursday, 15th February 2018

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A leading UK volunteering charity is on the lookout for local people who are interested in helping others and are pursuing a career in social care.

Volunteering Matters, whose projects in Southend-on-Sea are funded by the Council, are currently recruiting volunteers who would consider a career in social care, support work or working with families.

The aim of the project is for the volunteers to help families become independent, assisting with practical activities, building relationships of trust and mutual respect with the families and to support them with contacting useful local resources.

Volunteers will receive full training, including Safeguarding and building self-esteem, with the possibility of further training opportunities. The project also offers reimbursement of travel and any other out-of-pocket expenses.

Successful volunteers will not only gain vital training and experience to lead to a career in social care, but will also feel a huge sense of satisfaction knowing they have offered their time and patience to help improve the local community and helping families that may struggle in day-to-day activities.

Cllr Lesley Salter, Executive Councillor for Health and Adult Social Care, said: “Volunteering is a fantastic way for members of the public to offer their help and support for those who need it the most. Here in Southend-on-Sea, we have a plethora of charities that do incredible work for a whole host of different people who are all in different circumstances.

“Volunteering Matters is such an important charity for those who need help in a variety of different ways. It may be to help with caring for a family member or offering support to someone in need. By giving time to help others, the experience gained from volunteering can offer endless opportunities to beginning a career in social care.”

If you or someone you know may be interested in giving up some spare time to volunteer, please contact Cathie Whitehead on 01702 534262.

For further information, please visit the Volunteering Matters website.