Carers Cuppa Volunteer

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Location: Charing Cross Hopsital, Fulham Palace Road, London, W6 8RF, Royal Brompton Hopsital, Sydney Street, Chelsea, London, SW3 6NP, London, W6 8RF or SW3 6NP (see map)

Travel: Hammersmith (District and Piccadilly lines) station. Charing Cross Hospital bus stop.

Start date: Ongoing

What will I be doing?

  • Carers Network have launched a new project called Carers Cuppa in partnership with Charing Cross Hospital and Royal Brompton Hospital. We have proposed to each hospital to have designated “Carers Cuppa” table/s within the hospital cafés, offering a place to support unpaid carers of the sick and disabled.

    Volunteers from Carers Network will ‘man’ the tables at certain times during the week, reaching out to ‘hidden carers’, promoting the Carers Cuppa concept, and facilitating referrals to Carers Network.

  • Volunteers will informally drop by to offer their advice and support unpaid carers vising throughout the week. These dates and time can be agreed with the hospital(s)
  • Reaching out to ‘hidden carers’ who are unknown to Carers Network; promoting our services, and facilitating referrals to our organisation
  • Networking with NHS staff to further promote Carers Cuppa within the hospital, and potentially other hospitals across the borough
  • Logging the number of conversations with hospital users; aiming to engage with at least two unpaid carers whilst volunteering
  • Discussing our projects with unpaid carers visiting loved ones in the hospital, and promoting our services when appropriate

Carers Network

Carers Network

What impact will this have?

  • Many hospital visitors who are spending a considerable amount of time in the hospital visiting sick family members may not identify themselves as an unpaid carer.
  • Through liaising with Carers Cuppa volunteers they can find out about our services, from accessing a free Carers Assessment, to support groups, and an information and advice telephone line.
  • Reaching out to hidden carers can help tackle social isolation, and taking away some of the burden of their caring role. They will become aware of a designated hub for carers to meet others in a similar position

When are you needed?

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Commitment

  • Ideally you will be able to commit for two hours per week, for either a morning or afternoon slot. We are flexible on what day this is.

What else do I need to know?

  • The volunteer can choose which hospital they would like to volunteer at.

Expenses

  • The volunteer will receive free travel expenses and up to £5 lunch money

Background checks

  • A DBS check is required

About the organisation:

Additional Information

What skills will be useful?
  • Academic
  • Charity
  • Interpersonal
  • Advice and support
  • Listening
  • Team working
  • Leadership
  • Practical
  • Professional
  • Empathy
What skills can I gain?
  • Charity
  • Creative
  • Interpersonal
  • Advice and support
  • Listening
  • Leadership
  • Practical

Training

  • They will receive a free 90 minute induction at our office, and the volunteer Development Officer will accompany them their first time of volunteering
  • The Volunteer Development Officer will regularly notify volunteers of free training that comes up through our partner organisations, such as mental health first aid, LGBT rights, safeguarding and networking events

Location

Charing Cross Hopsital, Fulham Palace Road, London, W6 8RF, Royal Brompton Hopsital, Sydney Street, Chelsea, London, SW3 6NP, London, W6 8RF or SW3 6NP

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