Volunteer Carer Champion
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SummaryTo raise awareness about The Carers’ Centre in local communities, providing information to community groups, organisations and key individuals in the community.
Purpose of the role:
To raise awareness about The Carers’ Centre in local communities, providing information to community groups, organisations and key individuals in the community.
What you will be doing:
We hope that all Volunteer Carer Champions will be the ‘eyes and ears’ on the ground for The Carers’ Centre. Sharing with us useful hints and tips about their local communities that you know. This will include:
· Raising awareness: by helping to distribute CareTime, our quarterly newsletter for carers to local venues; by supporting the distribution of awareness raising materials, such as posters, leaflets, and business cards and by giving short introductory talks at local societies, groups, and community centres.
· Engaging community venues/ leaders: by being an ambassador for the services of The Carers’ Centre, including one to one conversations with community leaders and organisers, attending community events, and sharing information with The Carers’ Centre about key contacts within local communities and services, such community groups and organisations.
All these actions will help contribute to building a more carer friendly community across Bath and North East Somerset.
When and where:
Weekdays and weekends – very flexible to fit around your commitments.
In your neighbourhood, locality, community.
What we will provide to volunteers💸 Reimbursement of costs🤝 Extra support
About The Carers' Centre Bath and North East Somerset
We provide trusted information, advice and support to anyone looking after their loved ones in Bath and North East Somerset (B&NES). We help people of all ages and at any stage in their caring role.
We enable people to improve their health and wellbeing by connecting them to others, and by helping them to take control of their caring role. We strive to work with our wider community to improve recognition and support for unpaid carers.
Why we're here:
We are here for the friends and families helping their loved ones get the best out of life.
Looking after a partner, friend or family member due to old age, illness, disability, mental health problem or an addiction can be a very rewarding experience. However, without the right support in place it can take a toll on our physical and mental wellbeing.
What we do:
We work to improve the lives of unpaid carers across B&NES. We do this by supporting carers of all ages to have what they need to stay well, in control and feel connected.
This means listening to carers, amplifying their voices and putting them at the heart of our work. It’s providing free wellbeing activities so they can take some time away from their caring role. It’s helping them navigate a complex health and social care system, offering financial guidance and employment advice. It’s giving them a safe and supportive space to come together.
What we want to achieve:
We’re here for carers, but to be sustainable for the next generation of carers we need to work together.
Three in five of us will care for someone during our lifetime, and it is likely we all know someone who is caring right now. Caring is everybody’s business.
Carers of today and tomorrow need to be recognised, valued and supported by decision-makers, professionals and those around them. We can’t do this without the help of our supporters and volunteers.
Why we need your help:
We are working hard to ensure carers in B&NES are fully recognised, valued and supported in society. But we can’t do this alone.
Volunteers are vital to what we do. They offer their amazing skills to help us deliver life-changing services and they make a huge difference to the local community.
Why volunteer with us?
We want you to get as much out of volunteering as you put into it.
Meeting new friends, learning new skills, advancing your career and feeling happier and healthier; these are just some of the benefits our volunteers say they get from giving their time.
Considering volunteering with us?
Whether you can give the odd hour here or there, or can commit to a more regular role, there are many opportunities to get involved with The Carers’ Centre.