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:
Want to make a lasting difference?
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
Trained 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.
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.
Our Memories 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 of CARM.