VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES WITH CARE NETWORK

Volunteers are at the heart of Care Network Cambridgeshire and the services we offer. Do you want to be part of the team?  We would love to hear from you.

The commitment is short-term and flexible so please get in touch even if you can only help occasionally!

We offer training and pay any out of pocket expenses.

 

“One thing I have really appreciated is the ongoing support I’ve been getting from them [Care Network], it’s just great. You can phone, email, text, it’s quite personal and that’s appreciated by me and the other volunteers... They’re there for you if you need them... If you’re not sure, can I deal with this? They’re always there for consultation” (Volunteer)

 

We are always looking out for volunteers to join our various teams and help increase the impact we can have.  If you would like to join us in this mission then please contact us now on 01954 211919 or email us.

 

 

Help at Home

Our Help at Home volunteers go into the homes of the vulnerable and elderly who need a little helping hand in the short to medium term; our clients have consented to your visit prior to your arrival, and know what to expect from the service. Our volunteers might spend a couple of hours on each visit. We have three types of work within our Help at Home umbrella service:

 

Independence at Home - where the volunteer will help a client with a small domestic task such as changing a lightbulb or accompanying a client to an appointment or cutting back a shrub.

 

Admissions Avoidance – where the volunteer will help a client keep out of hospital with tasks, such as a shopping for essentials in icy weather, or collecting a prescription.

 

Welcome Home from Hospital – this is our longest running service where we offer a number of volunteer visits to a client who is coming home from hospital, and needing a bit of company or help with a few basic tasks, such as shopping or paying bills.

 

“[Name of client] hadn’t a clue what was being agreed to. He was ‘in the system’ but didn’t understand what the system was trying to do for him” (Volunteer).

 

Please see Practical Help for more information or District Coordinators to speak to your local Coordinator.

 


 

Community Navigator Project

We are looking for local area Community Navigators all over Cambridgeshire, so if you like to chat, have fun, help and meet others, why not become a Community Navigator helping the vulnerable and elderly near you. Brief training and expenses will be provided and you will get satisfaction from sign-posting people to activities and services which will make a real difference to their well being.

 

“More than anything it’s information about social activities, the local lunch clubs, coffee mornings, sometimes courses as well” (Volunteer).

 

Community Navigator Role Description

 

We have Coordinators across the county who are there to help and guide you. To contact a Community Navigator Coordinator or if you are interested in helping with the project call Care Network on 01954 211919.

 
Please see Information and Advice for more information or District Coordinators to speak to your local Coordinator.

 


 

Community Groups

If you are interested in setting up a group or scheme where you live, please get in touch with us and we will do what we can to help. There are examples of the types of groups and schemes we support here but we will try to help you whatever your idea.

 

Alternatively, we could help you find a local group or scheme, such as a Community Car Scheme, for you to offer your support to. The groups we support are always keen to meet new people and we can give you information about the types of activities they might want help with.

 

Please see Local Groups for more information or Community Development Officers to speak to your local contact.

 


 

Training

 

Care Network Cambridgeshire:

 

  • Provides all training required;
  • Undertakes a DBS (CRB) check for you as you will be entering the homes of vulnerable and elderly people;
  • Provides continued support from office staff;
  • Runs regular coffee mornings where you can meet other volunteers.

 

Please call us now and we would only be too happy to answer your questions!  Alternatively, you can download an Application Form and Drivers Declaration Form to begin the process.