Social Link Volunteer (Link The Way)

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Do you want to help others improve their confidence and health?
Do you want to empower and support people?

‘Link the Way’ is a volunteering scheme set up to support people who struggle with motivation and confidence to attend community events which will improve their health and wellbeing. 

We are seeking volunteers who will be matched with service users and their role will be to encourage and enable service users to attend these community activities by attending events with them, calling them to remind them of events, and meeting to discuss the benefits of attending events etc.

‘Link the Way’ receive referrals for clients from Social Prescribers in Stockton-on-Tees. Social Prescribers are workers who ‘prescribe non-medical support to people struggling with issues which affect their health and wellbeing. However, attending these groups (such as exercise groups or support groups) can be daunting for some, which if where you will offer your support!

If you would like to apply please complete the form on Stockton Volunteers, or on Volunteero here.

For more information, contact Volunteer Recruitment Officer: emily.bean@catalyststockton.org

Health, well-being, adult social care.

  • Complete the necessary volunteer induction and training sessions, and any additional training opportunities as necessary 
  • Support service users to attend their prescribed community activities by: attending activity sessions with them, completing one-to-one work to increase motivation, checking in and reminding them of activity appointments, and helping to tackle logistical issues to attendance such as travel planning. 
  • Support service users for up to 12 weeks, committing around 2-4 hours a fortnight 
  • Maintain confidentiality throughout the service (making the service user aware information will be shared with the Volunteer Coordinator where necessary) 
  • To help service users develop their self-confidence and motivation to continue attending prescribed activities without the support of a volunteer 
  • Complete service evaluation as required by the Volunteer Coordinator 

  • Demonstrated good listening and personal skills 
  • Ability to support, encourage and enable others to fulfil tasks and activities 
  •  Awareness of health and wellbeing issues and how these can affect people is helpful but not essential as an overall empathetic attitude is more desirable 
  • An understanding of challenges and barriers that service users may face in attending community activities is useful but not essential 
  • Knowledge of Stockton as an area, including local public transport links, or an ability to research these things, would be desirable 

  • Friendly, respectful and non-judgemental attitude towards service users and their needs 
  • Reliable, trustworthy and proactive 

Catalyst will provide necessary training and 1-1 support throughout your voluntary service, including:

  • DBS check
  • Training
  • Paid expenses (including travel and out of pocket)

We can accept applicants aged 16+. Please note you will be supporting adults aged 18+ so proper risk assessment will be carried out after the application stage.


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