Delivering Quality - in the community

Working as a Volunteer Care/Support Worker for ELMS

What is ELMS?

East London Mental Health Support (ELMS) we are a small dynamic charity providing supported housing and social recreational activities for residents and service users who have long term mental health needs. We also provide a free community counselling service. We are an organisation committed to our charitable aims and our contribution to the community

What is the Job

Hours: Minimum commitment of 100 hours over 3-6 months

We are looking for volunteers to join our small team of support workers. Our team provides practical support helping residents develop their daily living skills within the home and engage in social, recreational activity in the wider community.If you are unsure as to whether a role in social care is for you or if you need a number of hours experience with vulnerable people to support your professional and career development then this may be of interest

Every day is different and working along-side an experienced support worker you could be called upon to help with a variety of tasks

  • Supporting residents with practical domestic tasks to help them develop the skills they need maintain their home (shopping /cooking/cleaning of own room and communal areas simple DIY)
  • Encouraging residents to develop new skills and relationships by accompanying them social and recreational activities (e.g. going swimming /walking /bowling /craft based activities or adult education courses)
  • Helping out at our Thursday and/or Sunday lunch club service or help with serving of food, befriending /joining in activities with members attending the club or simply encouraging people to have a chat in a safe and welcoming environment.
  • Does this volunteer role suit me?

  • Do you have life experience as an informal carer or providing support to family or friends This opportunity would give you the chance to try out these skills in a mental health setting to see whether this might be an area you would be interested in working in
  • You are studying at College for an NVQ in Social care or at Uni on social sciences/social work course and would like a work placement to complement your studies and provide practical experience of working with people with mental needs.
  • Who are we looking for?

  • Warmth friendliness and good communication skills
  • An ability to form relationships with a variety of adults
  • Good listening skills and an ability to provide emotional and practical support with daily living skills
  • Practical home making skills and/or hobbies or interests that you could share with residents
  • A non-judgmental flexible and open minded approach
  • You will also be asked if successful to undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service process

    If you are still interested please look carefully at the Job Description., and also the Person Specification

    If you wish to have a discussion about the role please contact Greg Shelock or Andy Munton on the contact details within this page. Or if you would like to apply then complete this form and send it to us