Volunteering

We couldn’t do what we do without of our wonderful team of ReConnect volunteers. We have over 30 volunteers who help us with all aspects of ReConnect, by providing 1:1 befriending, supporting a group or helping to transport people to support groups.

Volunteers have usually been effected by a long-term health condition, either themselves or through supporting a friend or family member. They share their invaluable experiences of living with long-term health conditions, to offer support and help other people in a similar situation to build confidence. Volunteers understand the challenges those with long-term health conditions face. All befrienders are trained in communication techniques – so aphasia need not be a barrier.

Why volunteer?

As a valued member of our friendly team, volunteering will enable you to meet new people with long-term health conditions and connect to your local community. You will receive a comprehensive induction, on-going training and regular support from a staff member. We reimburse all out-of-pocket expenses, including mileage.

Volunteers gain a huge amount from their volunteering, they feel they have a purpose, feel part of a team and are “giving something back”.

Volunteer Roles

Peer Befriender

Meet a person affected by a long-term health condition to offer company, empathy, encouragement, and share experiences.

Group Leader

Run a peer support group for people affected a similar long-term health condition, helping people to socialise and connect.

Driver

Transport a person with a long-term condition to a peer support group and help them regain their independence.

Group Enabler

Assist at peer support group organising tea & coffee, helping with admin and planning seasonal group trips.

How to apply:

Please complete an application form and return it to:

  • Email: reconnect@cscic.org
  • Post: ReConnect, Creative Sustainability CIC, 7 Fromehall Mill, Stroud GL5 3EH

A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check at an enhanced level is required for this role. ReConnect will process this with you for free.

Once we have received your application, references and DBS check we will arrange a time for your training and match you with a person.