Currently we are recruiting volunteers for the CARA Programme.
CARA: Irish Communities Together through COVID-19 is an exciting programme led by Irish Community Care; where Irish organisations across the North West of England have come together to deliver a dedicated COVID-19 response service. The aim is to support our communities to stay safe, well and connected through lockdown and beyond.
CARA (meaning ‘friend’ in Irish) is providing a vital helping hand and listening ear to people who are particularly vulnerable during the pandemic i.e. those who are self isolating, older, in poor physical or mental health; managing caring responsibilities and job loss, living alone far from family and friends.
Since April 2020, over 70 volunteers have supported CARA and made a lasting, positive difference to many lives. Many of our volunteers make weekly befriending calls, ensuring that those within our community are safe and well as we navigate through the pandemic. Many of our volunteers also provide a shopping & prescription delivery service to those most in need, answering the call at all hours of the day to ensure that nobody goes without.
We’ve also made positive steps to support digitally isolated people through the pandemic. We currently support community members with their use of technology for a range of reasons including: Further education, support with banking and, most crucially, the desire to reconnect with family and friends back home.
We’ve recently supported a social group reconnect with each other via zoom, with more than 15 attendees logging on each Wednesday to catch up with friends. Attendance grows weekly and new friendships have been forged since our first zoom social in October.
Volunteer With Us
Our work isn’t done. There are still many within our community who could use a little bit of extra support and you can help.
We require volunteers to provide regular, friendly chats to our clients which will help alleviate loneliness and social isolation during this difficult time. You will call the same person weekly, allowing you to build rapport with your buddy over time. Though working on your own from home, you will be part of a wider network of volunteers who work closely with the CARA Project Coordinator and our support workers to ensure that our clients remain safe and well throughout the pandemic.
The role will suit somebody who is able to develop long lasting, positive relationships with people, is a good listener and someone who is patient and empathetic with people who may be lonely.
If you’re interested in volunteering with us then please contact Andy Kelly for more information at Andy.Kelly@irishcc.net or call us on 0151 237 3987
Or you can sign up here -