Community Links Volunteer Four hands holding each others wrists

Support4Dacorum have created an exciting new volunteering opportunity – a ‘Community Links Volunteer’.

The Community Links Volunteer will provide support, social contact and improved access to activities and services for people with social needs identified by Community Navigators and Social Prescribers, Dacorum wide. The volunteer will have the opportunity to work with individuals who need support, motivation and guidance, on a one-to-one basis.

The nature of the role will vary such as supporting the person in engaging or reengaging with local social networks and activities. For example, accompanying the person to local activities and encouraging them to attend on their own or with new friends, supporting a person to get outside in their garden, working alongside them and helping them develop their self-confidence, or helping them to organise their paperwork so they feel that they are in control.

The Community Navigators will refer the clients to the Community Links Coordinator who will vet both the client and the volunteer, and match the volunteer to the client depending on location, skills and interests. These opportunities will not be long term and could be as little as one hour per week. The volunteer will work closely with the Community Navigators to manage the amount of support required.

Some of the skills and experience necessary for the role include a sincere desire to be involved and experience of working with vulnerable people. An ability to develop and promote a positive relationship with the service user is also required. Volunteers should also have good listening and communication skills as well as being able to work with a non-judgemental approach.

For more details on this opportunity, or any of our opportunities, please visit our website at www.volunteerdacorum.org or call us on 01442 247209. Alternatively, you can pop in to see us at the Volunteer Centre (the round building outside Boots!). We are open Monday to Friday from 10am to 4pm and on Saturday from 10am to 2pm. Be sure to follow us on Facebook @volunteerdacorum and/or Twitter @VCDacorum to get updates on all of our latest volunteering opportunities!