They play a distinctive and complementary role alongside paid staff by undertaking activities for the benefit of carers and their relatives. Our volunteers reflect the interests, needs and resources of the community we aim to support and bring a unique perspective to our work. Volunteers give their time to develop a range of support that could not be provided solely by staff. The relationship between volunteers and the people they help support may also be more relaxed and informal. They may have more flexibility in the type or frequency of activities they can undertake, usually with mutual benefits for all involved.
We welcome volunteers of all ages and with a wide variety of life experiences.
Some of our volunteers are retired people simply looking to do something with their spare time while others are keen to gain work experience to help them get paid employment.
Previous experience working in the community or as a carer can be helpful but the main skills we require are reliability, friendliness and patience.
If you can spare us some of your time then we can find a role to suit your experience and interests.
There are many benefits to volunteering. As well as getting to meet new people, you can:
gain new skills or develop existing ones get the chance to try out something new feel the achievement of doing something useful put something back into the community develop your personal skills and confidence.
individual and group support
flexibility in when and where you volunteer
travel and out of pocket expenses
insurance to cover your agreed involvement
induction and relevant training to meet individual needs
Help to facilitate social groups and days out by providing a friendly face, serving refreshments and where appropriate passing on your own skills or hobbies.
Hartlepool Carers have a variety of different events and activities throughout the year which require the help of volunteers, whether it be our walking groups, coffee mornings, men’s group or young adult carers.
Activities include helping with street collections, packing bags for shoppers at supermarkets, running raffles and raising awareness at organised events. You may wish to hold your own event or initiative to raise funds or help raise awareness of our service.
An extremely rewarding role keeping young carers who attend our groups safe and entertained. This role also involves helping on young carers’ respite trips.
Other roles are also available and can be discussed.
Hartlepool Carers are assisting directly and linking people with other organisations when more appropriate, to ensure every carer gets the support they require.