Volunteer

 

Volunteers in ALONE

Volunteers play a vital and active role in all of ALONE’s services and are involved in every level of the organisation.  All ALONE volunteers are trained and receive ongoing support from ALONE’s staff and experienced mentors.

Interested in volunteering?

 
Please click on the button to find a link to our volunteering form. Thank you for your interest.


Volunteer Roles

Select any of the roles below to see more information, including responsibilities and tasks.  For further information, please contact us.

Befriending & Support Visitation Volunteer

Overall Role: Befriending and Support is a supported one-to-one relationship between a volunteer and an older person who has been linked in with ALONE. The ALONE Befriending and Support service provides companionship to older people who would like extra social contact through a weekly visit. Volunteers can also help with practical supports such as helping access information, filling out forms and with phone calls. The Befriending and Support service is designed to help alleviate the negative impacts loneliness has on mental and physical health.

The Role of the Befriending Volunteer is:

    • To provide companionship to an older person by visiting them at least once a week.
    • To provide basic practical support for the older person where necessary. (Volunteers are not substitutes for home-help or care assistants and should not take on these roles)
    • To record your visits and any additional support provided to the older person through ALONE’s BFriend app.
    • To be flexible around travelling to and from visits
    • To attend training, and follow the ALONE guidelines throughout your time with ALONE.
    • To attend additional training workshops and the annual volunteer social meeting.
    • To support the older person when attending ALONE social activities.
    • To support the older person to integrate in their community – such as encouraging them to join local groups and initiatives for older people.
    • To be an advocate for the older person where necessary. This might mean making a phone call on their behalf or helping them fill in a form.
    • To contact ALONE if there are concerns for the older person’s health, safety or welfare.
    • To participate in ALONE volunteer surveys and assist older people in ALONE service surveys.

Skills, Requirements & Attributes:

  • To have a genuine interest in Older People
  • To be respectful and committed to the values and aims of ALONE
  • A caring, understanding and friendly attitude
  • To be patient, reliable and have good listening and communication skills
  • To be non-judgemental and respect confidentiality
  • All volunteers must be Garda vetted, reference checked and supply proof of address and identification. A minimum of a year’s commitment is required.

 

Full training and support is provided. We do ask for a commitment of 1 year. All Volunteers must be over 18 years of age.


Telephone Befriending & Support Volunteer

Overall Role:  ALONE’s Telephone Befriending and Support is a free, friendly, support and information telephone service for older people. It provides personal daily or weekly contact to ensure that recipients are safe and well in their home.

The service addresses many different needs of older people. It increases their social network and keeps people informed of other relevant services in their area, it offers an opportunity to share worries or concerns and helps reduce loneliness and isolation, whilst increasing a sense of community among those involved. Most importantly, the service works in tandem with ALONE’s visiting staff and volunteer services. Where additional needs arise that require a more hands on approach, a request for support can be made to ALONE’s support coordination services.

The service operates Monday – Friday and the calls are made at a pre-arranged time.

The Role of the Telephone Befriending and Support Volunteer is:

  • To commit to at least 2 hours per week, for a minimum of 1 year.
  • To provide support and information for the older person where necessary.
  • To be mindful of the general wellbeing of the older people and provide a positive experience during the call.
  • To support the older person to integrate in their community – such as encouraging them to join local groups and initiatives for older people.
  • To attend training and adhere to the training guidelines.
  • To report to the ALONE office if there are concerns for the older person’s health, safety or welfare.
  • Work as a member of a team with staff and other volunteers and participate effectively in team meetings when required.

 

Skills, Requirements & Attributes:

  • To have a genuine interest in Older People
  • To be respectful and committed to the values and aims of ALONE
  • A caring, understanding and friendly attitude
  • To be patient, reliable and have good listening and communication skills
  • To be non-judgemental and respect the confidentiality of the older person and of all records that you come into contact with.

We offer Telephone Befriending and Support from our offices in Louth and Donegal.


Specialist Skills Volunteer

Individuals offer their specialist or professional skills in a voluntary capacity. This can be for a particular project or on an ongoing basis. These roles may include: administration support, finance, maintenance, gardening, driving, IT support, legal advice, etc. We look to embed volunteers into our service and all departments.


Other Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers participate in time-defined projects with ALONE that are organised by other bodies or agencies. These include corporate volunteering opportunities, student placements and other volunteer referral programmes. In these cases, a special agreement must be in effect with the body or agency that identifies responsibility for management and care of the volunteers.


 

Process for applying

  1. Volunteer makes expression of interest. You will then placed on an application list until next available round of recruitment. An invitation to an Information Training session will then be sent out. Attendance is required to continue to the next round.
  2. Attendance at Information Training session. This will include a short presentation about ALONE and the Befriending role. The session will conclude with 1 to 1 interviews held by ALONE staff.
  3. Volunteer Application Pack and invitation to Core Training session sent. The Volunteer Application form and Garda vetting form should be completed by closing date. This must be accompanied by copies of two forms of identification (one photographic, one proof of address). This is a compulsory requirement for the Garda vetting application.
  4. Attendance at Core Training session.
  5. Volunteer agreement and data processing form signed.
  6. References checked.
  7. Garda vetting application completed with Bureau. Once all paperwork is completed, you will be informed that you are ready to begin your role.
  8. Begin role.

 

 

Time commitment

We would ask that all our volunteers can commit to at least 1 year. This commitment gives the volunteer the opportunity to have a meaningful experience while ensuring continuity of service for older people.