A carer is a person who looks after a family member, relative, partner, neighbour or friend who needs help due to ill health, old age, disability, drug or alcohol misuse or who has mental health problems.

Carers often experience loneliness, isolation, stress and upheaval due to their caring role. Wigan & Leigh Carers Centre offers a wide variety of support to carers. And you can make a massive difference through volunteering.

Whether you are looking for experience/gaining insight into this field of work, learning new skills, increase your confidence , giving something back to others or keeping active and meeting new friends volunteering could be the answer: Our roles include :

  1. Befriending or Buddying volunteers – Befriending can involve chatting to carers , young carers or cared for person on a one to one, providing companionship, helping to reduce loneliness, giving support and encouragement, accompanying to groups and activities or helping to access information and services on a one-to-one, either in carers own home or out and about in their community. Share your experiences to help others and offer that vital support to carers who feel isolated. No experience needed, just empathy with what carers face and a good listener.
  2. WWL NHS Foundation Trust Hospital, Carers Champion - offering a listening ear to carers whilst visiting in the hospitals in Wigan , on the ward or discharge phonecalls . Gain great experience whilst making a difference to carers when they need it most.
  3. Reception volunteers – be the friendly face of the Carers Centre in Hindley on the busy reception. Taking referrals, answering phone call enquiries, meeting and greeting carers at the Centre and being part of the team. If you are friendly and positive , a good listener and good on the phone, you can make a massive difference to carers whilst gaining valuable experience
  4. Volunteers are vital to the work of the Carers Centre. If you have any specific skills or experience you would like to offer to carers, such as painting, health & wellbeing, photography, gardening, leading walks or others skills,   We may be able to use those skills here at the Centre.
  5. Young carers group volunteer or befriender. – Offer much neede d listening ear to young people and children who are carers at home. Give them the opportunity to talk things through and have fun.

No previous experience is needed, just your commitment, good communication skills and a non-judgemental approach. In return you gain useful skills and experience, support and training and out-of-pocket expenses

Next step: contact Catherine by phone 01942 705959

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3-5 Frederick Street, Hindley, WN2 3BD, to meet up to chat about how you can get involved.

Check out www.do-it.org.uk for our latest opportunities