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Volunteer Role: ‘Time for You’ Volunteer 


Are you good with people? Can you give carers of older people in Exeter a 1,2 or 3 hour break each week by providing company and reassurance to their loved one at home? 

As a Time for You volunteer you will be providing warm, empathetic company and practical support (NOT personal care) to the loved one of a carer so they can go shopping, attend appointments, or simply have a break. 


Time for You 

Purpose of service: 

To give carers of dependent older people in Exeter a break by providing their loved ones with good company, reassurance and simple practical support, but not personal care.  


Carers’ homes in Exeter. 

Role supervisor: 


Jessica Cohen, Time for You Co-ordinator 

Day & time: 

Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm  

Main tasks: 

To provide: 

  • Good company and reassurance for the cared for person at home, while their carer has a break
  • Tea / coffee, light refreshments
  • Help with mobilizing, where assessed safe to do so
  • Feedback to the service co-ordinator regarding any issues/concerns 
  • Contact with the carer by mobile phone in the event of a serious issue or emergency 
  • No personal care, such as help in the toilet or with dressing is part of this role. 

What we need from you: 


  • A Warm, friendly personality with non-judgemental attitude 
  • Empathy and good communication skills 
  • An understanding of, and sensitivity to, the needs of older people 
  • A clear understanding of, and ability to abide by, the boundaries of the role 
  • Ability to show initiative and to seek guidance where required 
  • Ability to remain calm if situations become stressful 
  • An understanding of the risks and hazards that may present themselves  
  • Willingness to undertake dementia awareness, safeguarding and moving and handling training 
  • Reliability within the time commitment we agree with you 

What we offer you: 

  • A very warm welcome 
  • Good induction with role relevant training  
  • Reimbursement of travel costs 
  • The opportunity to meet new people, make new friends and become part of a thriving local charity 
  • The knowledge that you’re making a real difference for carers of older people who would benefit from a break  

How to apply: 

  • Interview with the service co-ordinator to agree suitability  
  • Complete a volunteering application form
  • Provide 2 satisfactory references  
  • DBS required

Compulsory Training: 

You must complete the following before taking up the role: 

  • Condensed training which includes Safeguarding, Dementia awareness and Moving and Handling 

For more information: 


Tel: 01392 455611