Guillain-Barré & Associated
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Volunteering for gain
Volunteers have a vital part to play in supporting people, both patients and their families/carers, affected by GBS, CIDP or associated inflammatory neuropathies. They offer free and confidential emotional support, and information about the Charity and other services that helps people to make informed choices. This helps to reduce the sense of isolation many people affected by the condition.
The Role of the Support Volunteer
The support Volunteer is responsible to the office for all dealings with patients, their families and carers. Key tasks include:
• to make and maintain contact by telephone, email or face-to-face with patients and their families, as directed by the office
• to explain the support and services the Charity can offer
• to enable people with GBS/CIDP to identify problems as they arise and explore how these might be managed
• to liaise with Health and Social Care Professionals and ensure the distribution of publicity in hospitals.
The role of the Helpline Volunteer
The Helpline Volunteers staff a freephone service, which is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. They are often the first contact that a patient or their family has with gain and therefore can provide vital support at a critical time. Our volunteers are proud of the service they give and this is reflected in the feedback we receive. Training is provided periodically, and advice and support is readily available from the office or from another helpline volunteer
What skills and qualities do volunteers need?
As a volunteer you will need to:
• have good listening and communication skills
• be able to liaise with colleagues and Health and Social Care Professionals
• Be able to develop and maintain supportive relationships with people with GBS/CIDP and their carers whilst respecting different lifestyles
• understand the need for confidentiality
Are you interested? If so, complete the Volunteer Application Form