Volunteers needed – Operation Safety Net – supporting isolated people in Kent and Medway

Volunteers needed – Operation Safety Net – supporting isolated people in Kent and Medway

Operation SafetyNet – Client Support Volunteers

Are you good listener who can provide a friendly voice at the end of the phone to support isolated people with disabilities?

Many disabled people in Kent and Medway were isolated before the pandemic, and lockdown has put them at heightened risk of damage to their mental health and physical wellbeing as a result of enforced isolation and social distancing. There has been a fantastic community response, but as lockdown eases and we move into the ‘new normal’ there is a danger that disabled people will return to being isolated.

CILK is developing a new project called Operation Safety Net which will provide telephone support, information, advice and signposting to isolated disabled people at risk of slipping through the net.

We are recruiting a team of volunteers who will make regular calls to check on the welfare of isolated disabled people and help them find and connect with sources of support with things like food, safety, health and social activities.

By reaching out and offering support CILK will prevent isolated and vulnerable disabled people from slipping further into financial, health and wellbeing crises and hope to avoid unnecessary illness, hunger and deaths.

If you would like to find out more, know a person who could benefit from support from the project or would like to volunteer, contact Neville Dack by email at [email protected]

You will be home based and will  have a friendly and supportive project leader to support you throughout your volunteering journey with us.

This role will suit you if you are empathetic, patient and understanding and respect equality and diversity.

Applications from people with disabilities are welcomed.

You must be aged 18 or above.

DBS checks and references will be taken out on appropriate candidates.

Training and ongoing support is provided.

We require a minimum commitment of 3 hours a week for 6 months.