Become a Someone Like Me Volunteer
Love listening? Are you a kinship carer with great listening skills, who can give at least eight hours a month to talk to other kinship carers?
What is Someone Like Me?
Someone Like Me service is a free peer support telephone service for kinship carers, delivered by kinship carers.
An opportunity for a kinship carer to talk to someone who knows what they’re going through. It’s not about offering information or advice but being there to support and listen.
Kinship carers are matched to other trained volunteer kinship carers.
How does Someone Like Me work?
Once a kinship carer has filled in a form to say they’d like to talk to someone, our Digital Volunteering Manager will match them to one of our kinship carer volunteers. Matches might be based on age, sex and location.
Volunteers will receive an email with details and convenient times to call the kinship carer back using a freephone number.
- Provides up to three phone calls with the same volunteer
- Calls usually last no longer than an hour and on average about 45 minutes
What skills and time commitment do you need to be a Someone Like Me volunteer?
If you are, or were, a kinship carer who can quickly help people to feel at ease and have great listening skills, this is a brilliant way to volunteer. We’ll make sure you have the training and all the support you need.
You’ll need to:
- Attend two training sessions (2 hours each)
- Be really good at logging your calls (so we know that kinship carers are supported)
- Be able to give at least eight hours a month to make the calls
We’ll give you:
- Ongoing support and supervision
- Opportunities to talk to other volunteers and talk through any tricky conversations
- A free telephone service to use, so you won’t need to pay anything through your phone as you’ll use our number to make calls
You don’t need any specific experience – we just want you to be:
- Enthusiastic about supporting other kinship carers and willing to listen openly without judgement
- We ask that you complete all the required training and follow all policies and procedures
As we are receiving requests for support for a diverse range of kinship carers, and so we would especially welcome applications from:
- Younger kinship carers – including aunts and uncles, sibling kinship carers and other family and friends
- Volunteers who have time to offer in the evening
- Volunteers who can offer a language other than English
Also – if you’re based anywhere in Wales – we’d love to hear from you as we want to continue to develop our work and services across all of Wales.
Please read our Someone Like Me volunteering role description.
How to apply and what happens next:
If this feels like a volunteering role which you’d be interested in, you can fill in the ‘expression of interest’ form below.
Our Digital Volunteering Manager will contact you for an informal chat within five working days. There’s no obligation to become a volunteer, you can ask questions and find out if it’s a role that works for your busy life.
I need advice and information
Call our expert advice service or get online practical advice and information on a range of topics important to all kinship carers.Get advice and information
Other volunteering roles
From setting up a peer support group or becoming an online chat volunteer, if you’re a kinship carer who’d like to give back, we can help.Read about volunteering as a kinship carer