Community Responder

Would you like to support older people returning home after a stay in hospital and contribute toward tackling loneliness and social isolation, if so, this volunteer role could be for you!

Home from Hospital and Community Support provides support for patients over the age of 55 who have recently been admitted to the RVI or Freeman hospital.

Volunteers offer short-term support that is tailored to meet the needs of the patient.

The aim of this programme is to enable patients to regain their independence and confidence, while recovering in their most comfortable environment, and to reduce re-admittance strains on the NHS. We want to get people back home and to be enabled to stay there.

Our Community Responder Volunteers support our patients with a range of activities, including:

  • Help with transport home from hospital
  • Essential shopping
  • Collecting pensions/ prescriptions
  • Wellbeing checks · Signposting to events in the local community

Being a Community Responder Volunteer is a fully flexible role, offering the time and days that best suit you, and helping with activities that they are comfortable with.

Volunteers may be asked to assist if and when tasks come through from patients

This role forms part of Volunteer Passport Scheme Newcastle and requires you to complete one day of training with Newcastle City Learning. If you would like to apply please email


  • Excellent people and communication skills- the role involves vulnerable people
  • Very well organised
  • A confident and positive person, compassionate of others, willing to learn new things and take on advice or suggestions
  • Flexibility


  • Age restrictions
    Only 19’s Only.
  • DBS check required
  • Equal Opportunities Policy
  • Expenses reimbursed
    We would reimburse travel costs as appropriate.
  • Ongoing support
    Support would be offered via the manager of the service and the support coordinator who will oversee the service.
  • Training provided
    Training would be offered as appropriate to the role.
  • Volunteer induction
    We would offer a basic induction into the role and our organisation.
  • Volunteers covered by insurance
    The volunteer would be insured under KeyRing’s cover.

When can I volunteer?

Start Date: 11/08/2023

End Date: 01/02/2025

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Availability Details

We would only be asking volunteers to volunteer during the working week. They could do as much or as little as they liked either weekly or fortnightly.


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