Are you a carer or former carer? Can you offer help and emotional support to another carer through an understanding of your own caring experience?
Carers Gloucestershire mentors find it a very rewarding role, using their own experiences to offer support to those who face the daily challenge of caring.
Here’s why one carer became a mentor:
"Having felt very isolated and vulnerable whilst caring for my husband, I felt I would understand the feelings and actions of other carers and just to be able to ‘offload’ feelings/issues is often very beneficial".
Carer to Carer is a managed scheme. You will be matched to a mentee based on interests and experience. This will be time bound, usually for three months initially. Mentors can indicate what type of support they can offer, from face to face meetings for a coffee, phone calls or emails, whatever suits them. You will be given a full induction and training about the organisation, receive free mentoring training and be DBS checked.
What are they looking for?
Volunteer expenses will be reimbursed. Depending on where you meet the carer, the venue may or may not be accessible for wheelchairs. Working hours are flexible and can be arranged.
When: Variable times
Age requirements: Over 18
About Carers Gloucestershire
Carers Gloucestershire is an independent charity helping unpaid carers in Gloucestershire. They offer both physical and emotional support for carers, aiming to enhance their lives and empower them to make informed choices that have positive influences on their lives.
They give Carers a ‘collective voice’ to influence policy making and service planning.
See all roles with Carers Gloucestershire