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Falls Prevention Home Hazards Checker

Age UK Redbridge, Barking and Havering

Age UK Redbridge, Barking & Havering exists to improve and maintain the quality of life for older people living in the area. We seek to achieve this aim by ensuring that older people have dignity, respect, choice and that their voices are heard and that services are provided in a sensitive and approachable manner. We offer advice, help, social activities and volunteer opportunities for older people.

The Falls Prevention Service provide information and support to reduce the risks of trips & falls to help people stay safe and remain independent.

Main tasks and responsibilities

  • To visit clients at their homes to identify possible tripping hazards
  • Provide information to enable people to stay safe
  • Encourage people to attend exercise classes to improve mobility 

Benefits to volunteer

  • Meet new people
  • Enjoy a chat;
  • Learn about the needs of older people
  • Develop listening skills
  • Gain experience for social work 
  • Celebration event
  • Volunteer awards
  • Basic reference can be provided after six months regular volunteering.

What skills do I need?

Skills, attributes, experience and qualifications

  • Good communication skills essential.
  • Awareness of health & safety issues or willing to be trained.
  • Ability to identify problems and raise concerns.
  • Friendly and professional.
  • Understanding of need for confidentiality.
  • Empathy & Patience.
  • Reliability.
  • Need to be 18+ years.

When do I need to be available?

Morning Afternoon Evening
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Sunday
Details

Depends on needs of the project, can be flexible on times. Volunteers will give 2-3 hours a week for six months.

Register your interest

We limit the number of roles you can initially express an interest in to 3 opportunities. Please only register an interest in 3 roles maximum.

  • Ideal for people interested in
  • Health and Social Care
  • Older People
  • Ideal for people who like
  • Practical Support
  • Application Process
  • Application Form
  • DBS Check
  • Informal Discussion
  • References
  • Trial Period
  • Support provided
  • Induction provided
    Induction sessions are monthly.
  • Training provided
    Shadow sessions with experienced volunteers
  • Written role description
  • Organisation Policies
  • Health and Safety Policy
  • Equal Opportunities Policy
  • Volunteer Policy
  • Other Information
  • Accessibility - additional information
    Wheelchair accessible and accessible toilet facilities
  • Are there any age limits?
    18+
  • DBS checks - additional information
  • Expenses - additional information
    Travel expenses
  • Recruitment Process - additional information
    Volunteers are sent a welcome pack and application form on expression of interest. 2 references. One reference provided by a previous employer to cover a two year time period, and one from a friend. Average length of recruitment 6-8 weeks
  • Role is exempt from Ex offenders Act 1972
  • Support Provided - additional information
    Volunteer co-ordinator is experienced in working with volunteers with extra support needs
  • Thanks / Recognition for Volunteer contribution
  • Transport Info (nearest station / bus stop)
    Ilford Train station or 123 – 128 – 145 – 150 – 167 – 179 – 296 – 366 – 462 – 667 -677 – 679 To Ilford Office, but match will be local to volunteer
  • Volunteers covered by insurance

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