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Brocals Volunteer

City And Hackney Carers Centre

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City and Hackney Carers Centre have been working in Hackney and the City of London for 22 years. During this time we have identified the need for targeted outreach work to reach and support isolated carers and older adults.

Hackney Brocals are local men, or ‘bros’, who go all out to conquer the curse of ‘bronliness’ in their communities (definition: the state of being somewhat isolated, and somewhat bothered by it, but definitely also being too much of a bro to want to talk about it, like, ever).

Brocals take a multi-faceted approach to tackling bronliness: they will foster and encourage new social connections and experiences through a programme of minibus and coach trips within Hackney and outside London, and also via a buddying system which sees volunteer bros committing to visit an older isolated man in his home or the community.

We are looking for men, aged 18+, who want to make a difference to their local community and would be interested in volunteering to be either a Befriending Bro, Transporter Bro or both!

As a Befriending Bro, you will be matched by the Brocals Coordinator with an Older Bro who is experiencing social isolation and loneliness. You will have regular visits or checkins with your Older Bro, and offer social contact and friendship. In working with the Older Bro, you will build a supportive relationship 1that enables the Bro to develop their sense of self-worth and confidence, whilst also providing a fresh social aspect to their life and reducing isolation. Depending on the needs of the Older Bro and his preferences your visits could fall in to 3 categories:

•Going out and about in the community, for example for coffee, on a walk or to a local leisure centre
•Visiting the person in his home and bringing the community to them by having drink and a chat, or doing an activity together
•For Bros with more complex needs your visit might be shorter and involve you making sure they're happy in their home and being a friendly face every month

As a Transporter Bro, you will support Bros to get out into the community and to engage in monthly trips around and outside of London. As a Transporter Bro, you would be required to undergo the one day MiDAS (Minibus Driver Awareness Scheme), which is fully funded by the Hackney Council and delivered by instructors with years of experience to ensure you get the most out of the training. Transporter Bros have the option to be either drivers, or to be passenger assistants for wheelchair or disabled Bros.

Transporter Bros will support Older Bros to connect with their community, meet other Hackney residents and develop a sustainable network of support.

Events & Stewarding,Administration,Befriending, Buddying & Mentoring,Community Work,General and Helping

Admin,Basic IT skills - internet & email,Managing People

We are looking for outgoing, friendly, reliable male volunteers, age 18+, who want to tackle the epidemic that is bronliness in Hackney. You will be able to form positive interpersonal relationships, have excellent communication skills and feel comfortable working both on your own and in a group setting. Previous experience supporting vulnerable adults in either a voluntary or work capacity is a plus. If applying for the role of Transporter Bro (Driver), a valid UK driver's license is a must.

In addition to full training for your role and ongoing support with regular supervisions you can expect the following from us: • Make a difference to someone’s life • Personal and professional development training • To gain skills and experience • Strong sense of community and being part of a wider friendly team • Letter of reference • Reimbursement of travel expenses

Further location details may be provided below.

Anne-Marie Payne

City and Hackney Carers Centre Ment House 1C Mentmore Terrace London

E8 3DQ

30

www.brocals.org

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City and Hackney Carers Centre is committed to equality and diversity and we welcome applications from all sections of the community. The post will be subject to a DBS check and due to the nature of the project is open to men aged 18+ only (*Exempt under the Equality Act 2010 Schedule 9, Part 1).

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