Have you ever thought about being a volunteer, but not sure what you could do? At Crossroads Care there are different volunteer roles to suit everyone, depending on your skills and the time you have available to offer. Volunteers can choose to apply for a specific role, but this does not limit them as they can offer to help those they befriend in different ways as they get to know them over time.
Types of Volunteer Roles
- Companionship in the Home
A caring companion will spend a few hours a week at the home of someone with care needs, or in the local community. They will provide support and companionship by engaging the cared-for person in conversation or activities such as puzzles, games, crosswords, sudoku, garden centre visits and coffee shop trips.
- Community Shopping Support
Our volunteers support the delivery of essential shopping, and the collection of prescriptions, for vulnerable people and carers that are isolated or shielding at home. We support clients to make online shopping orders, and our volunteers collect it from the relevant shop and deliver it to the client. Volunteers will do a minimum of 3 shopping trips a week.
- Befriending by Phone
Providing telephone or video call befriending supports those who are isolated at home and feeing lonely. Calls could last anything from 10 minutes to half an hour and will enable carers to benefit from friendly support, conversation, and someone to just check in on their wellbeing. Our volunteers are carefully matched to ensure they speak to someone with similar interests.
The support of our volunteers is invaluable, and we wouldn’t be able to help the unpaid carers in our community without their support. Because of our volunteers, carers can have some free time to take care of themselves, enjoy their hobbies, meet friends, or even relax and have a well-earned rest.
To find out more about volunteering at Crossroads Care Surrey, click here.