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Support Group Coordinator

Southwark Carers

About the opportunity

Our support groups offer a great opportunity for carers to meet up, once a month, to discuss their concerns and issues, and seek support, encouragement and information from fellow carers. They are also a great opportunity to disseminate information and addressing some of the issues raised by arranging guest speakers to attend. You will also be the link between carers and the Southwark Carers hub, enabling us to ensure we continue to meet the needs of carers in borough.

About Southwark Carers

Southwark Carers provides support, advice and support, advocacy, newsletter, counselling, information packs financial assistance to take a break, support groups, social activity groups, massage and relaxation sessions, regular forums and events, campaigns and seminars.

What are they looking for?

What we need

We are looking for people who have a personal experience of caring and a sound knowledge of current carers issues, or a strong interest in developing such knowledge.

In conjunction with South London and Maudsley Hospital, we also have support groups that are specifically for carers who care for people with mental health needs, and are therefore looking for volunteers with personal experience in this type of role.

You will also need:
o Good communication and interpersonal skills
o Good listening skills
o Ability to organise and hold meetings
Ability to acquire basic IT skills (e.g., email and word-processing)
o An understanding of equal opportunity and anti-discriminatory practices

We can provide training and support on any of the above tasks and skills you may need.

This position would suit someone who has an interest in people, an enthusiasm for supporting carers and an empathy and understanding of the issues facing carers.

We need a commitment of between 6 to 10 hours a month, for a minimum of 6 months.

Different groups take place on different days, below is an indication of the location (by postcode) and the associated day they take place.

Location of group and day scheduled to take place

SE1 Second Tuesday of the month
SE5 First Thursday of the month
SE15 Second Wednesday of the month
SE16 First Thursday of the month
SE22 (2 groups) First Thursday of the month
Last Wednesday of the month

In addition:

It is essential that volunteers are practically and emotionally in a position to take on the role. Volunteers must advise Southwark Carers of any changes in their personal or family circumstances that may affect their capacity to manage their volunteering role.

When can you do this role?

Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri Sat Sun

This is a Part Time opportunity.

Getting there

Travel details:

Nearest tube - Elephant & Castle underground station (Northern and Bakerloo lines).

Buses from Elephant and Castle - ask bus driver for Burgess Park. Bus numbers: 12, 171, 148, 176, 68, 484, 42, 40, 45

Nearest Railway Station - Elephant & Castle

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Thanks to Volunteer Centre Southwark for providing this opportunity.

Unit 215/216,
Elephant And Castle Shopping Centre,

Telephone: 0207 703 4205

Opportunity last updated on Monday 7 April 2014.