Summer Volunteering-Social Support Volunteers

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We have opportunities to volunteer on a residential basis (for 1 week or longer) and also to support on a daily basis whenever suits you and your schedule. There are endless possibilities of how you can get involved and we know we can find a role that suits you. Join us and help make our guests’ holidays truly revitalising.

We have three holiday centres- in Chigwell, Southampton and Southport and you are welcome to volunteer at any of our centres. For residential volunteering; placements run from Sunday to Sunday throughout the year.

What does providing social support mean? This means activities like chatting with guests at meal times, making teas or coffees, enjoying the evening entertainment with guests and accompanying them on daily excursions to local sites alongside our staff. It also involves providing some personal support such as assisting with mobility and eating and drinking but you won’t be asked to do anything you aren’t comfortable with. Our volunteers also support in the dining room with serving breakfast, washing up after dinner and laying the tables for the next day, but done as part of a team this doesn’t take long!

Do I need to have previous experience? No experience is necessary and you will receive a thorough induction and training on your arrival. The only things we ask for are for our volunteers to be friendly, so they can provide a warm and memorable holiday for our guests and to have a competent level of English to be able to support our guests and follow safety procedures.

This role will suit you if you are friendly, enjoy meeting new people and have a passion for our cause.

This role is ideal if you are looking to gain experience in healthcare, hospitality, or simply want to try a new experience. 

By volunteering with us you can have fun and make friends, boost your confidence, gain relevant and transferrable skills to help your studies or future career prospects and make a difference by helping our guests have a truly revitalising break.

Anything else? We don’t want cost to be a barrier for you so volunteering with us is free! We provide free food and accommodation for the duration of your stay and will cover travel expenses to a limit of £60 within mainland Britain.

Which one of our centres suits you?

You can volunteer in one of our three respite holiday centres.

Jubilee Lodge – Chigwell, Essex

Jubilee Lodge offers the best of both worlds, set in a leafy, peaceful location but within easy reach of the world famous attractions of London.

Netley Waterside House – Southampton, Hampshire

Netley offers gorgeous sea views and is ideally placed to access the South Coast region’s rich cultural heritage and tourist attractions.

Sandpipers – Southport, Merseyside

Overlooking the picturesque Marine Lake in Southport, Sandpipers is just a short drive from the trendy cities of Manchester and Liverpool, as well as the rolling countryside of the North-West.


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Required Role

Summer Volunteering-Social Support Volunteers

Key responsibilities

Our volunteers provide companionship and support to our guests by chatting with them at meal times, making teas or coffees, accompanying them on daily excursions to local sites and enjoying the evening entertainment with them. It also involves some personal support such as assisting with mobility and eating and drinking. Friendly, enthusiastic volunteers, create the holiday atmosphere just by being there!

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  • Interpersonal
  • Non-discriminatory
  • Non-judgemental
  • Positive attitude

Desirable Skills

  • Communication

Skill to gain

  • Communication
  • Confidence
  • Interpersonal
  • Listening
  • Non-discriminatory
  • Non-judgemental
  • Positive attitude
  • Practical
  • Team Work

When can you do this role/Calendar

Minimum commitment level: Once a month

Start Date: 16-06-2019

End Date: 29-09-2019

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Southport PR9 0LA, UK

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  • You need to have fully completed the volunteering profile set-up