'Walk and Talk' Volunteer
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SummaryWe are looking for friendly people in Somerset & North Somerset who would enjoy going out for a short 'walk and talk' with an older person once a week.
We are looking for friendly people in Somerset and North Somerset who would enjoy spending a short amount of time each week with a local older person walking and talking.
This role involves joining an older person for a gentle walk and chat once a week, for 16 weeks initially.
The aim of this role is to help reduce loneliness and feelings of isolation, build confidence and improve the physical and mental well-being of your client by providing good company and the opportunity to enjoy the benefits of being out in the open air.
Walk and Talk is part of our Wellbeing service. It is free and very popular so we are always desperate for new Volunteers to join the team wherever you are in Somerset or North Somerset.
Full training is given. The key requirement for volunteers in this role is that they enjoy talking and listening.
SOME POINTS TO CONSIDER
- Volunteers must be over 18.
- References and a DBS check are required for this role.
- This role requires that volunteers can commit to 16 weeks, and have a good level of mobility.
- Meet new people
- Feel happier
- Sense of belonging
- Improved Self-esteem
- Sense of Purpose
- Sense of Achievement
- Feel Less Lonely
- Improved Social Skills
- Improved Relationships
- New Friendships
- Being Active
- Feeling part of your community
What we will provide to volunteers💸 Reimbursement of costs🤝 Extra support
Getting thereWe need Volunteers across the whole of Somerset and North Somerset. We try to match Volunteers with clients in their local area.
About Age UK Somerset
There is much to celebrate about getting older, but our later years can also prove challenging: loss of confidence, lack of mobility, financial pressures and suffering from loneliness and isolation are just some of the issues our local older people face.
We offer a wide range of popular and well-used services and activities specifically developed to meet the needs of the over 60s and we need Volunteers to help us run them. These include our Wellbeing Service - including Walk and Talk, Wellbeing Friends and Friendly Phone Calls - Maintenance Cognitive Stimulation Therapy ‘Memory Connections’ groups, Information and Advice service and lots of fun Ageing Well activity sessions. These services can not be provided without the support of our wonderful Volunteers.
As a Volunteer, whatever time you can afford to give and whichever of our many roles you decide suits you the best, your contribution will be helping more older people to enjoy a happier and healthier later life.
NOW more than ever WE NEED YOUR HELP…. A lot of older people are turning to us for support and these services can only continue with the support of people like you.