Volunteer for Tourettes Action
Volunteering for Tourettes Action is a great way to get involved in the charity's work and to help support people living with Tourette Syndrome.
We currently have a variety of volunteering opportunities available:
Our Helpdesk is a vital service that provides information and support to people with TS, their families and health and education professionals. We are looking to recruit more volunteers to help us expand our Helpdesk into evening and weekend hours, as well as support us in the running of its regular weekday office hours.
Volunteering on the Helpdesk is a diverse and rewarding experience. We provide comprehensive training and continued development to equip you with the necessary skills and knowledge needed for the role of Helpdesk volunteer; and we are committed to supporting our volunteers throughout their Helpdesk experience.
Through volunteering on the Helpdesk you will acquire transferable skills and will be directly contributing to our aim, which is to help people with TS receive the practical support and social acceptance to help them live their lives to the full.
Our volunteers need to have the ability to listen, be non-judgemental, empathetic and self-aware. If you are interested in more information about this role you can email the Helpdesk co-ordinator Emma who will provide you with a full volunteer role description and person specification.
Why a befriending service?
Not everyone is able to access a local support group and some people prefer to communicate with others on a one-to-one basis. This is where our volunteer befrienders can help.
Many families and adults have told us that they would like to be able to email or telephone another family , adult, teenager or child to talk candidly about their experiences with someone who understands, who has been through similar experiences.
The main role of the befriender (you, the volunteer) is to offer informal support and a listening ear by forming a trusting and supportive relationship by email/or telephone with the service user. If successful the relationship will help to reduce isolation and provide information, understanding and mutual friendship.
Many people may feel lost, socially isolated and stressed following a diagnosis of TS or whilst navigating the health system to seek a diagnosis. They may be distressed about living with Tourettes or managing it within a school or work environment. Our volunteer befrienders can play a part in helping reduce all of these feelings and to help the person or family to move forward.
The role is home based and hours are to suit.
If this is something that you would be interested in and would like some more information, please contact
firstname.lastname@example.org / 07738772045
**Information day for potential volunteers - Saturday 12th November 2016, London -please contact Emma for further details**
Support group co-ordinators
TA support groups are run by a dedicated team of volunteers. We are always looking to expand our group network and if you are interested in setting up a new group in your area, or would be keen to help out with an existing group we would love to hear from you.
Please contact Emma to discuss volunteering with a group.