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We’re expanding our Support Network Volunteers…..come and join the team!

Exciting news, we’re growing our team of Support Network Volunteers across the UK!

We will be expanding our services, reaching more people affected by a spinal cord injury (SCI), and will have a greater presence nationwide.  We’re looking to recruit inspiring and committed people who can support us in realising our vision of a fulfilled life for everyone affected by SCI. Helping predominantly newly injured people and their families to overcome some of the challenges following SCI is an incredibly important and rewarding role.

Receiving support from someone who has first-hand experience of facing these same challenges often helps improve an individual’s confidence and self-esteem and can help them overcome other perceived barriers to living a fulfilled life after injury. Sharing your experiences and supporting someone else as they come to terms with their injury could have a significant impact on how they rebuild their lives.

Support Network Volunteers provide knowledge, experience, emotional, social or practical help to others. Through this type of assistance we aim to bring people together with shared experiences to support each other, provide a safe space where people feel accepted and understood. Treat everyone’s experiences as being equally important and be positive role models to others.

Our current team of volunteers make a tremendous difference and we are delighted to be growing this incredibly important network.

We will be recruiting volunteers in the following areas:

  • North West
  • North East
  • West Midlands
  • East Midlands
  • South East
  • South West
  • London
  • Wales and borders
  • East of England

We ask for a commitment of one day a week.

Personal experience of living with SCI, excellent verbal, written and listening skills, someone who is engaging and passionate about making a difference. Somebody who can maintain professional boundaries and understand the expectation of the role, reliable and trustworthy, non-judgemental, approachable and able to share experiences in a suitable and informative manner and is sensitive, considerate and empathetic.

You need to be 18 or over and because we’ll be investing in you (training supervision, mentoring and ongoing support), you need to see this not just as a short term role but something you’re likely to commit to long term. We also ask that volunteers undergo regular training which is an important requirement of the role.

Remember this is a big commitment so please think carefully before you apply, if you are not sure please give Jen a ring who will be more than happy to talk it all through with you.

Email Jen Sims for a role description and expression of interest form or call her on 01908 604191.

The deadline for expressions of interest is 5pm Friday 26 June 2020. New deadline 28 August 2020

If this is something you want to be part of, we want to hear from you!

Read James experience of being a Support Network Volunteer.