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Revitalise

Revitalise is a national charity that has been providing respite holidays for disabled people and carers for over 50 years. We have three Revitalise centres, in Chigwell in Essex, Southampton and Southport, each providing a wide range of accessible activities, excursions and entertainment.

We are very lucky to have dedicated volunteers, who provide companionship and support to our guests, ensuring they have a truly unforgettable holiday and we would love you to join them. We welcome volunteers of all ages and backgrounds from the age of 16 and our roles provide a valuable opportunity for young adults to learn important social skills, build confidence and make a positive impact. No experience is necessary so our varying levels of training mean our roles are suitable for students of any degree background; for students undertaking studies in areas of care or nursing and want to gain specific experience or those who simply want to try something new. We also provide assessments for students and references on request.

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Revitalise is a national charity that provides respite holidays for disabled people and carers. Our guests always tell us that a big part of what makes their holiday so special are the volunteers!

Our Social Volunteers provide companionship and support to our guests; chatting with them at meal times, making teas or coffees, accompanying them on daily excursions to local sites and enjoying the evening entertainment with them.

To have fun, make friends, boost your confidence and gain skills to support future career prospects please join our army of volunteers and help our guests have a truly revitalising break! http://revitalise.org.uk/volun…

Role Aim: 

Aim of role

Let us know the purpose of the role and what it is designed to achieve. Revitalise is a national charity that has been providing respite holidays for disabled people and carers for over 50 years. We have three Revitalise centres, one in Chigwell in Essex, Southampton and Southport, each providing a wide range of accessible activities, excursions and entertainment.

We are very lucky to have dedicated volunteers, who provide companionship and support to our guests, ensuring they have a truly unforgettable holiday and we would love you to join them. Our volunteers form a crucial part of the Revitalise team and our guests always tell us that a big part of what makes their holiday so special are the volunteers.

Our Social Volunteers provide companionship and social support to our guests. Friendly, enthusiastic volunteers, create the holiday atmosphere just by being there!

Duties: 

Summary of duties

Include details about what you will be expecting the volunteers to do if they are successfully recruited. Think about what skills students are going to want to develop in your role. What does providing social support mean? This means activities like chatting with guests at meal times, making teas or coffees, enjoying the evening entertainment with guests and accompanying them on daily excursions to local sites alongside our staff. It also involves providing some personal support such as assisting with mobility and eating and drinking but you won’t be asked to do anything you aren’t comfortable with. Our volunteers also support in the dining room with serving breakfast, washing up after dinner and laying the tables for the next day, but done as part of a team this doesn’t take long!

Skills needed: 

Skills needed for the role No previous experience is necessary and you will receive a thorough induction and training on your arrival. The only things we ask for are for our volunteers to be friendly, so they can provide a warm and memorable holiday for our guests, and to have a competent level of English to be able to support our guests and follow safety procedures.

This role will suit you if you are friendly, enjoy meeting new people and have a passion for our cause.

Training: 

Training provided

Please include details of any role-specific training provided; e.g. Raiser’s Edge training may be offered in a fundraising role. All volunteers receive a thorough induction and training on their arrival, which includes a tour of the centre, practicalities of their role at the centre and on trips, health and safety and wheelchair handling.

Volunteers have a point of contact for the duration of their stay but support is available from all staff as well as our long term volunteers.

Location: 
One of our three centres in Chigwell- Essex, Southport and Southampton Directions to each of our centres can be found here: http://revitalise.org.uk/respite-holidays/
Time commitment: 
At least one day per week
Opening times: 
This role is a residential role so volunteers would be living and working in one of our centres. Social Volunteers stay with us for 1 or 2 weeks and the placements run from Saturday to Saturday throughout the year.