Volunteer With ReConnect

We couldn’t do what we do without of our wonderful team of ReConnect volunteers. We have over 55 volunteers who help us with all aspects of one-to-one befriending, supporting a group, providing digital support or helping to transport people to support groups.

Volunteers have usually been effected by a long-term health condition, either themselves or through supporting a friend or family member. They share their invaluable experiences of living with long-term health conditions, to offer support and help other people in a similar situation to build confidence. Volunteers understand the challenges those with long-term health conditions face. All befrienders are trained in communication techniques – so aphasia need not be a barrier. All our volunteers also have DBS Enhanced Clearance.

Why Volunteer?

As a valued member of our friendly team, volunteering will enable you to meet new people with long-term health conditions and connect to your local community. Your skills will be celebrated and nurtured so that you have a great volunteering experience from start to finish.

You will receive:

  • A comprehensive induction
  • On-going training
  • Regular support from a named staff member 
  • Volunteer Bulletin magazine three times per year
  • Regular ‘coffee and cake’ catch-ups
  • Out-of-pocket expenses, including mileage, reimbursed

Volunteers gain a huge amount from their volunteering, they feel they have a purpose, feel part of a team and are “giving something back”.

ladies in a shop laughing and having tea
Reconnect Gloucestershire group using communication aid

Volunteer Roles

Peer Befriender

Support a person affected by a long-term health condition to offer company, empathy, encouragement, and share experiences. This can be either face to face or over the telephone.

Group Leader

Run a peer support group for people affected a similar long-term health condition, helping people to socialise and connect.

Group Enabler

Assist at peer support group organising tea & coffee, helping with admin and planning seasonal group trips.

Driver

Transport a person with a long-term condition to a peer support group and help them regain their independence.

Digital Champion

Assist our members to get online or troubleshoot day to day tech ‘issues’ so everyone is digitally included. 

How To Apply

If you would like to volunteer with us please complete an application form and return it to:

Email: paula@reconnectglos.org

Phone: 07935 810160

If you need help with filling in the form, please contact us and we’ll be happy to help you.

A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check at an enhanced level is required for this role. ReConnect will process this with you for free.

Once we have received your application, references and DBS check we will arrange a time for your training and match you with a person.

Meet our Volunteers

We like to celebrate our volunteers and share their stories. Find out why they got involved and what they love about being part of the ReConnect team.

  Sarah – Volunteer Case Study

  Dulcie – Volunteer Case Study

  Sue S – Volunteer Case Study