Do you have what it takes to be a Volunteer?
What We Offer
At Headway Shropshire, our volunteers enjoy the unique and fulfilling experience of working with brain-injured people. It’s a volunteering opportunity like no other.
If you want to give something back and contribute to our work with people who have acquired brain injuries, here are some of the things that you might become involved in as a volunteer:
- Helping out with activities where we have a need, such as painting with client, assisting in the woodwork room, helping a client to cook a meal in our kitchen.
- Playing board games or helping with reading.
- Engaging our clients in conversation or spending time listening to someone.
We will never expect you to carry out tasks like first aid, personal care or moving & handling – our specialist staff is always on hand take care of those things.
What We Need From You
First of all, we can only accept adult volunteers over 18 years of age. Secondly, we can’t accept clients or their relatives as volunteers because, as you will understand, we need to protect the confidentiality of our other clients.
Secondly, our brain-injured clients need continuity. They need to know that you will be there for them on the same day each week. For our clients, many of whom live alone, our Rehabilitation Centre is a real lifeline. It hits them hard when a volunteer comes for a week or two and then leaves just when they’re getting to know each other.
For these reasons, we always ask for a commitment that is fair to our clients:
– You’ll work at the Rehabilitation Centre from 10am until 3pm on an agreed day each week.
– You’ll commit to at least three months with us.
If that sounds good to you, take a look at how to make it happen:
The first step is to get in touch! Then, a member of staff will call you to check a few of the basics, for example that you are an adult and can make a commitment to three months, one day each week between 10am-3pm. If all is well, we’ll then agree a date and time for you to come in and see our Rehabilitation Centre where all of our volunteering work takes place.
During the visit, we’ll talk you through everything and show you around.
After the visit, we encourage you to wait a little while to consider carefully whether this kind of volunteering role is for you.
If you still want to go ahead, there’s a little paperwork to do. We’ll ask you to complete an application form and provide two character references. You will understand that we have to protect our vulnerable clients.
If your application and references are OK, we will arrange for you to make a start!
You will get all the support you need so that you can give of your best!