Community Agents Essex is a countywide network of agents and volunteers who will support older people and their informal carers to find and develop independent living solutions from within their local community.

The service is delivered through an exciting community and voluntary sector partnership, bringing together four well established organisations: Rural Community Council of Essex (RCCE); British Red Cross (BRC); Age UK Essex; and Essex County Neighbourhood Watch. These organisations bring a wide range of experience and expertise, working with vulnerable people across rural and urban areas.

Recruitment of Support Volunteers

As part of the ongoing implementation we areactively seeking to recruit  Support Volunteers in Essex. Do you have a few hours a week that you could give to supporting an older person or their informal carer in your area?

As a volunteer you will work with older people helping them remain independent. Providing short term support to an individual who needs a little extra help can be invaluable in keeping them independent.

In this volunteer role you might be asked to:-

  • Provide a listening ear
  • Help the person to find the right support and services in their community
  • Help with practical tasks, like shopping and collecting prescriptions
  • Escort and/or transport the person to activities or appointments

The role is varied and rewarding. We don’t ask volunteers to perform personal care or give medication/change dressings. As a volunteer you will be fully supported with induction and training, including reimbursement of out of pocket expenses.

If you feel that you could give a few hours of your time to make a massive difference to someone in your own community we would love to hear from you.
Please contact our service co-ordinator on 01245 291024 / 07710387423

or email: communityagents@redcross.org.uk

For more information and to apply on line visit redcross.org.uk/volunteer and search for Community Agents Essex.

All appointments will be subject to a DBS check.

Need help?

Community Agents are part of the Live Well partnership and referrals can be made by email or phone, through Essex Wellbeing Service. To arrange a free visit call or email us:

Tel: 0300 303 9988

Email: livewell.linkwell@nhs.net

For existing cases, where you have already been in contact with an agent or for general Community Agent Project enquiries, please phone or email:

Tel: 07540 720605 (mornings only)

Enquiries Email: caessex@essexrcc.org.uk

This email is only for enquiries, not referrals. It is monitored mornings only - please use livewell.linkwell@nhs.net for referrals