ARC Centre Volunteer
We are looking for volunteers to offer companionship and engagement in leisure activities with adults in a one to one or group-based setting, this may be in the communal area or the individual’s room, at the ARC supported by other Volunteers and Staff.
What is the ARC?
- The Assessment and Rehabilitation Centre (ARC) is a 33 bedded service providing rehabilitation and intermediate care to the residents of Blackpool.
- The ARC is a unique service that provides a holistic approach to care, support and comprises of an integrated team of Blackpool Council and NHS staff.
- The ARC is fundamental in supporting NHS services by facilitating discharges from our local hospital’s busy acute wards.
You must be willing to go through an induction process and relevant background checks.
This role is subject to an enhanced DBS check and is only open to residents of Blackpool to apply.
Out of pocket expenses can be claimed back including travel expenses.
- Offer companionship to the people they spend time with.
- Participating in creative and recreational activities with individuals in a group setting utilising the communal area with other volunteers, under the guidance of the staff team.
- Participating in creative and recreational activities with individual in their own rooms if access to the communal area is restricted, under the guidance of the staff team.
- Interacting with people around a variety of subjects that may be of interest to the individual.
- Providing refreshments under the direction of a senior staff member if this falls within the boundaries of an interaction.
- Demonstrate respect and sensitivity to all individuals and ensure that confidentiality is maintained at all times.
- Referring the individual to the appropriate member of staff if further help is required, that is outside the remit or the boundaries of the volunteer role.
- Attend training needed to fulfil their role.
- Discuss activities with the Voluntary Services Officer (VSO) which deviate from the tasks listed above.
- To follow the agreed activity plan.
- Follow safeguarding rules to report to VSO any concerns.
- Follow infection control guidelines.
- Be able to work independently or as part of a team.
- Volunteers need to be patient, understanding and have a genuine interest in people.
- Volunteers should have an approachable and friendly manner.
- Be conscientious, reliable, and punctual.
- Good communication and listening skills are also needed.
- Treat people with respect regardless of background.
- Display a non-judgemental attitude.
- Understand the importance of, and practice of confidentiality.
- Previous experience in a health and social care is very helpful, although it is not essential
- Volunteers receive ongoing support through meetings and monthly social activities
- Opportunities to meet on a one-to-one basis with the VSO
- Training is offered and further arrangements can be made to meet personal needs
Required Age:18 years +