Age UK in Sussex calls for volunteers to support most vulnerable post pandemic

Age UK West Sussex, Brighton & Hove (WSBH) is seeking new volunteers to support some of the most vulnerable older people in West Sussex this Spring.

The pandemic has led to increased frailty among many over 65s and the charity is particularly looking for people who feel they could offer support at home after hospital to those who live alone. 

Volunteers can offer as little as a couple of hours a week, but that time can make a huge difference, helping people get back on their feet after an illness or operation. Volunteers are asked to visit the client once a week for up to 6 weeks, providing emotional and  practical support which could include collecting medication or shopping, offering a listening ear and enabling people to regain their confidence and independence. 

As well as offering support at home after hospital, there are a huge range of other volunteer roles on offer at Age UK WSBH including telephone befriending, dementia support and administration.  People are matched to posts based on their interests, skills and experience. 

Richard Harris, Volunteer Manager at Age UK WSBH said “Since the pandemic, our services are more in demand than ever and our volunteers are absolutely vital, helping us be there for as many people as possible. When you’re frail and live alone, coming out of hospital can be a frightening time. We want to make the transition that little bit easier by offering reassurance, company and practical support at a time when someone might be feeling particularly vulnerable. If you’d like to join our incredible team of volunteers, then please get in touch. We’d love to hear from you.” Volunteering can have huge benefits as it’s fulfilling, interesting and sociable. It can also help develop transferrable skills that may lead to other employment opportunities. All volunteers have an enhanced DBS check, a reference check and ongoing support and training. Potential volunteers are asked to contact the charity as soon as possible, so the relevant paperwork can be undertaken.  

Anyone interested in volunteering for Age UK WSBH should contact Volunteer Manager, Richard Harris, ideally by email on richard.harris@ageukwsbh.org.uk or call 07841 662564.  

If you or someone you know would benefit from support at home after hospital, or any other Age UK WSBH services, please call 0800 019 1310 or email info@ageukwsbh.org.uk

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