Paid Volunteer, Befriender & Companion

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    Barnard Castle, County Durham

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  • Salary:

    £8.50 - £9.25 per hour + mileage allowance

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    Carol Raine

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  • Published:

    about 1 year ago

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Paid Volunteer, Befriender & Companion, Barnard Castle

£8.50 -£9.25 per hour + mileage allowance

Part-time hours – flexible hours

Are you looking for a new and rewarding career for spring? Would you like to make a difference to someone like Janet*? Maybe you have considered Volunteer jobs? There is no upper age limit for applications, becoming a Paid Volunteer, Befriender & Companion could be perfect for you.

We have part time roles available in Darlington, Northallerton, Bedale, Barnard Castle and Richmond areas of County Durham. No experience is required as excellent training is provided. It is essential that you have access to reliable transport as due to the nature of the business you may be required to assist in transporting your Client to outings.

“My name is *Janet and I live at home in my own house with all my memories. Since my husband Trevor passed away, I am very lonely. Things I used to find easy are now becoming difficult and I can’t keep up with my daily duties. I have a wonderful carer called Jackie and she comes to see me 5 times a week. She helps to get me up in the morning, washed and dressed and makes my breakfast.

We sit and chat for a bit and then she will say goodbye, as I know she must go and visit someone else who needs help. Jackie comes back to see me at lunch time, reminds me to take my medication and makes me a healthy meal. Whilst I am eating my lunch, she is very kind and does a little housework. She sometimes takes me out to the local shops or to go see my friends, or to Broken Scar Picnic Area. Yesterday we went to Walworth Castle and gardens. Some days she may also come back to help me up the stairs to bed. I am so grateful for Jackie, she is like my extended family and I don’t know what I’d do without her, I always look forward to seeing her.”

Come and join the best!

You could be joining an award-winning national brand who focus on a companionship led care service. They have won multiple awards over the years and have built an excellent reputation within communities across the UK. This exceptional service is different to any other care organisation in the area, providing a minimum of 1-hour home visits to a purely private client base, but the focus being on companionship. Imagine having Dementia but still being able to go to your dancing class on a Saturday, still being able to pick up your pension, still going into town on a Wednesday for a cuppa! You would be helping make these things happen every day!

Benefits & Hours

  • Double time on bank holidays.
  • Staff benefits scheme which includes shop discounts, days out, travel discounts and many more.
  • Opportunities for progression and support towards further qualifications.
  • Part time hours that will fit into your life - If you have availability early mornings, or lunchtimes, or afternoons or evenings and a couple of hours on a weekend, then this position is ideal for you;
  • Employee assistance programme
  • The biggest benefit of all is making a difference every day.
  • Becoming a Companion isn’t just a job, you will be gaining a friend too!

Do you have a big heart? If you are excited by this opportunity, then we would love to hear from you. Within their organisation if you shine opportunities are created. They have ambitious plans for the future you could be part of that! 

** PLEASE NOTE this is not a Volunteer job, it is paid employment, however we are trying to attract those that would look for Volunteer type jobs.

*Janet is just an example of someone you will support