UK’s only elder abuse charity require volunteers to support work in Newry

The UK’s only charity focused on eliminating the abuse and neglect of older people are seeking ‘enthusiastic and committed’ volunteers to support their work in Newry.

Hourglass NI, previously known as Action on Elder Abuse, have been operational for nearly 30 years’ and over that time they have supported ‘tens of thousands of people, shaped government policy and amplified the issue in national press.’

Volunteers are at the heart of their work. Working on the frontline, volunteers support Hourglass’ mission to end the abuse of older people and ensure safer ageing for all.

The charity are currently enhancing their community-led services to provide a range of support to help those who have experienced abuse or exploitation, as well as any older person who may be at risk.

They are now recruiting for a team of volunteers to assist in their delivery of frontline support to older people and others.

Rachel, a Helpline volunteer, said of the role: “I love volunteering for Hourglass. My contributions are really valued. The team support and encourage what I do and the extra training has been invaluable. To anyone thinking about becoming a volunteer, I’d say, just do it. Making a positive difference to the lives of others is one of the most satisfying thing anyone can do.”

Hourglass NI are currently seeking volunteers for the following Newry-based roles:

Helpline Volunteer

The Helpline team provides advice, information and support via telephone, email and other online methods to people experiencing, or at risk of, abuse, as well as referring on to other specialist services and organisations.

Ideally, Helpline volunteers would provide coverage for 4 hours per week (am or pm sessions), commit to staying with the service for a minimum of six months and applicants should note that the role is subject to a 3-month probation period.

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Safer Ageing Volunteer

Volunteers will join a dynamic organisation, helping to shape work to empower older people to experience safer ageing.

Full training and support will be given as appropriate, with further opportunities for learning and development. Hourglass NI will cover all out-of-pocket expenses, and arrange regular support meetings with other volunteers and staff.

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Events & Awareness Volunteer

This role is key to the development and delivery of Hourglass Northern Ireland’s awareness.

An Events volunteer will help promote the charity whilst highlighting the work carried out. Hourglass NI hold/take part in various events throughout Northern Ireland to promote their work and raise awareness and they need reliable volunteers to help with promotion.

Initial training will be given and, where available, a member of the community response team will accompany volunteers for all/some of the day.

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