VOLUNTEER FOR THE COVID-19 RESPONSE FOR OLDER PEOPLE
We need your help! We’re looking for volunteers to deliver groceries, prescriptions, fuel or to provide telephone support to older people.
COVID-19/Coronavirus Volunteer Support Opportunity
Are you interested in volunteering to support older people during this difficult time? Please see opportunities below.
While this role is to help out during this time of crisis we hope that you will continue to volunteer with us in the future.
COVID-19 Telephone Support volunteer
ALONE’s Telephone Support provides telephone contact to an older person from a volunteer. It is a free friendly, support and information telephone service and ensures that recipients are safe and well in their home.
COVID-19 Practical Support Volunteer
An ALONE practical support volunteer provides assistance with collection and delivery of items to an older person including groceries, medical prescriptions and fuel.
Volunteer opportunities with ALONE
Volunteers are involved in every aspect of the organisation, from the Board to our front line services. Without volunteers ALONE simply could not carry out its work. Volunteers play an essential role and contribute highly to the overall success of our work. We aim to always keep standards of volunteer support high while expecting the most from our volunteers.
We work to have roles available in all departments to ensure volunteers are integrated into the staff team. We aim to give opportunities to those who may not want to visit weekly but want to contribute their time in other ways. Below is a list of volunteer opportunities that are available.
If we cannot support your request to volunteer directly, we will refer you on to an organisation that provides a similar service to ALONE. We support these organisations through Befriending Network Ireland.
Support and Befriending Visits
Support and Befriending visitation volunteers provide companionship to an older person who would like extra social contact through a weekly visit. Volunteers can also help with practical supports such as helping access information, filling out forms or with phone calls and appointments.
Support and Befriending Telephone calls
Telephone Support volunteers provide companionship to an older person who would like extra social contact through a weekly or daily telephone call. Volunteers can also help with practical supports such as helping access information and other services. The service is free, confidential and informative.
Volunteers can offer their specialist or professional skills in a voluntary capacity. This can be for a particular project or on an ongoing basis. These roles may include: administration support, finance, maintenance, gardening, driving, IT support, or legal advice.
Other volunteer opportunities
Volunteers participate in time-defined projects with ALONE organised by other bodies or agencies. These include corporate volunteering opportunities, student placements and other volunteer referral programmes. In these cases, a special agreement must be in effect with the body or agency that identifies responsibility for management and care of the volunteers.
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Can You Help?
As the coronavirus crisis develops, hospital and frontline staff need all the help they can get. If you can help safely, please get in touch today.