Volunteering in Adult Social Care
About Adult Social Care
Adult Social Care supports people aged 18 and over who need extra help to manage their lives and be independent. This includes:
- older people
- people with a disability or long term illness
- people with mental health needs
- people who can’t keep themselves safe from abuse or neglect.
We also support carers who need help to carry on caring.
Volunteering in our Centres
If you would like to volunteer in your local community, you may wish to consider volunteering in one of our Centres.
Volunteers help to make using our Centres a compassionate and caring experience. There are benefits for volunteers too, for example:
- making a real difference to someone’s life - sometimes just the smallest act of kindness makes a big difference to someone’s day
- putting your skills to good use
- meeting new people
- improving your confidence
- getting a taste of what it is like to work in the social care sector
- adding to your CV, and
- volunteering can have a positive effect on wellbeing and mental health.
Volunteers provide all kinds of practical help such as:
- chatting and listening to people and generally helping them to feel comfortable and at ease
- sharing skills and interests - for example arts and crafts, music and singing, computing or some other skill.
- encouraging and supporting people to join in activities both at our Centres and when we go out
- loading and unloading dishwashers or helping with hand washing up
- creating beautiful gardens for everyone to enjoy
- keeping Centre vehicles clean for the people who use our services
Volunteers do not carry out (or shadow) statutory work or do work experience.
Who can volunteer?
Our volunteers come from all walks of life and represent the diversity of people who live in Gloucestershire.
- Are you at least 16?We prefer our volunteers to be 18 and over but we will consider mature 16 and 17 year olds. You will need the consent of your parent or guardian if you are under 18. There is no upper age limit for volunteering with Adult Social Care.
- Do you enjoy helping others?
- Are you good at mixing with people?
- Can you commit to helping out on a regular basis?
- Are you legally allowed to volunteer in the UK?
If you can answer yes to all of these questions, you may be just the person we are looking for.
More information and how to apply
Please contact the Centre where you’d like to volunteer if you need more information.
If you would like to apply, your first step is to complete the volunteer application form and send it to the Centre you are interested in.
We have to be sure that the people we work with are safe from harm so we will ask you to:
- have an informal interview with one of our managers
- nominate two referees that we can contact
- have a DBS check. A criminal conviction does not necessarily mean that you can’t volunteer with us but we will want to make sure that there is no risk to anyone using our services.
Longhouse - Learning Disabilities Respite unit
Longhouse - Tracy Osborne - 01452 423495
33a Millbrook Street