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Home Visiting Befriender- The Stroke Association (Redbridge)

Closing date: 31 March 2019

Organisation: 

Our vision
We want a world where there are fewer strokes and those touched by stroke get the help they need. 
 
Our mission
Our mission is to prevent strokes, and reduce their effect through providing services, campaigning, education and research. 
 
Our values
Our core values are based on professionalism, passion for our cause, innovation, respect and openness, and working together to build successful partnerships in pursuit of common goals. 

Role description: 

The Stroke Association in Redbridge is recruiting Home Visiting Befrienders, to visit clients who have had a stroke. We are looking for people, who ideally can give a commitment of one year, as this role involves building a relationship with a client and encouraging them to move on with their lives. 
 
Befrienders visit clients at home, once a week or less frequently, depending on the client's requirements. Befrienders provide companionship and emotional support and encourage stroke survivors to resume some of the activities they might have enjoyed before their stroke, such as going shopping, going for walks, visiting the hairdresser etc.  
 
Visits normally take place between the hours of 10.30am and 3pm on weekdays. 
 
Many, but not all, of our clients are older people, so we are particularly looking for volunteers who relate well to older people, have lots of patience and a mature attitude and may themselves be older.  It is helpful, but not essential, for volunteers to have had some experience of people who have had stokes. 

Other information: 

Age:18 plus- mature attitude essential. Older volunteers very welcome.

Application procedure: complete an application form, provide 2 references, have an interview, have a Disclosure and Barring Service check

Disabled access:Varies, since the role involves visting clients in their own homes.

Insurance in place to cover volunteers:Yes

Support and training provided:ongoing from service coordinator.Access to Stroke Association training

Skills and qualifications:Volunteers need patience, tact and excellent listening skills. As you will be visiting clients' homes, you must be prepared to travel to different locations around the borough of Redbridge and have an awareness of health and safety issues, although training on this will be provided. 

 
Many, but not all, of our clients are older people, so we are particularly looking for volunteers who relate well to older people, have a mature attitude and may themselves be older.  It is helpful, but not essential, for volunteers to have had some experience of people who have had stokes. Volunteers will be asked to participate in local training and Stroke Association training, which is run in central London. 
Hours: 
Mon - Fri morning or afternoon between the hours of 10am -3pm.
Expenses: Travel only

Type of activity: 

London Borough of RedbridgeNHS Redbridge Clinical Commissioing GroupLondon CouncilsMayor of LondonEuropean Social FundSkills Funding Agency  Big Lottery