All of our volunteers complete a DBS check, provide two references, and attend an interview with the service manager of the service they wish to support.
Initial induction training, and further specialist training, is offered which includes: Dementia Awareness, Confidentiality, Boundaries, Listening Skills and Lone Worker Safety. In addition courses such as First Aid and Bereavement Support are offered.
What is a DBS check?
The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) has replaced the CRB Criminal Records Bureau check for people who work with vulnerable groups, including older people. The DBS form will be provided and submitted by Cotswold Friends. It requires 3 forms of ID (which need to be presented by the applicant to the Cotswold Friends office in person). Once submitted, a DBS certificate will usually be provided in 2-6 weeks.
What kind of references do I need?
We need the contact details of 2 work or character references – these can be work colleagues or friends (not family).
What will the interview be like?
An informal chat about yourself, your hobbies and interests, so we can find the right role for you within the organisation.
What is involved in the training?
Initial induction training takes approximately 2 hours and takes place at our office at the library in Moreton-in-Marsh. At this training you will meet other volunteers, who are starting at the same time as you, and your service manager. Training is informal and fun and is designed to help you carry out your volunteering role confidently and safely. Additional training, such as First Aid and Bereavement Support, is offered by specialist organisations such as the Red Cross and Cruse, and is optional. Dates and times of specialist training are advertised and you choose if you wish to attend.