|Volunteer at work
"CARM is a good charity to volunteer for - it is local and therefore can have
a direct impact rather than being a huge charity with lots of bureaucracy, and the staff give excellent backup for any queries
I might need answered plus good relevant and friendly training. Long may it continue!" MK
We have around
100 dedicated and hard working volunteers providing vital services to help older and vulnerable people. All our volunteers
are DBS checked and about 80 receive training to help them deliver reminiscence and befriending services. We have the
following opportunities available:
Volunteer Visitors (Well-Being at Home)
Want to make a
If you can spare just one hour a week you can make such a difference to someone who is lonely.
We support housebound people who may be elderly, disabled or experiencing mental distress. We need volunteers who will visit
for a chat and a cuppa.
"Why do I like being a volunteer? I feel privileged to be a visitor as I enjoy
meeting people and it is often very humbling to learn about people's lives in times past. It is very rewarding when you
visit someone to see the pleasure it gives them to have someone to talk and laugh with. People become friends not just clients.
An altogether satisfying role to have.” BB
For current volunteers who wish to claim expenses please
use the link below to download the file (two pages). This can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please remember to list multiple journeys on the form.
Even if you are not claiming the form can be used to provide
feedback about each of your visits.
Reminiscence volunteers (Our Memories Matter)
volunteers, working in pairs and supported by a project co-ordinator, work in residential care homes for older people. Residents
are encouraged to share their memories during these weekly sessions. This is a great opportunity to benefit from free training
and to be involved in a longer-term project.
If you are interested in our home visiting service (Well-Being at Home) or our reminiscence
project (Our Memories Matter) there is a formal application process. We ask you to contact us and we will arrange to meet
up with you to talk about the volunteering role. We will then ask you to fill in a short form and return it to us. We will
also help you to complete Disclosure and Barring Service check form. Click the link at the bottom of this page or ring CARM
on 01233 758122.
Support for our volunteers
We believe it’s
important to support our volunteers. CARM’s workers are available for advice and information by telephone. Home
visitors are offered one-to-one meeting once a year, and Volunteer Meetings take place regularly.
Matter volunteers receive training in reminiscence work and then have regular meetings to give feedback and get support.
Our trustees (Management Committee) are also volunteers who give their time to manage the development and direction
To enquire about Volunteering for CARM