As a Lay Assessor, I visit people in their own homes each month to discover their views of the home care service they receive from Brighton and Hove City Council. The individual reports from all the Lay Assessors are compiled into one larger report, which goes to the council, giving service users a direct voice in maintaining the quality of home care.
I chose this voluntary work because, to be perfectly blunt, I may well need home care support myself one day and a good quality service will then be one of the most important factors in my life!
It also gives me a chance to enjoy all the benefits of my former job as a social worker without any of the stresses.
I can use the skills I developed
I meet many different interesting people
I benefit from training that keeps me up to date
I have a team of friendly and supportive volunteer colleagues
I also have the opportunity to share my ideas and experience with professional colleagues. For example, I have contributed to the selection of paid staff and raised queries about the security of volunteers as lone workers.
All this helps to keep my brain active and broadens my horizons.
Thank you Elizabeth for bringing your social work skills and experience to the Lay Assessor role, the work you and the team do makes a valuable difference.
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