Wellbeing Support Officer at Southern Housing Group

'Getting to Know You' (GTKU) is a new community project that is based in Southern Housing Group's Community Investment Team. Southern Housing Group is a housing organisation and this project in particular works across our sheltered schemes that home residents aged 55 and over. GTKU was set up to improve confidence and wellbeing of our older residents and to create socially inclusive communities through volunteers engaging with residents, providing companionship and facilitating social activities. We have 11 sheltered schemes based around Brighton and Hove and volunteers play a pivotal role in what we do.

What does the opportunity involve doing?

We are looking for a friendly Wellbeing Support Officer for ‘Getting to Know You’ Project (Southern Housing Group), volunteers will be working with our older residents (aged 55 and over) living in our sheltered schemes in and around Brighton/Sussex in the bid to improve happiness and general wellbeing of our residents. This role will be allocated one or two schemes where they will be based (dependent on their location), and they will provide one-to-one wellbeing and companionship support in residents’ homes – this will usually be for residents that are less mobile or may not feel comfortable to participate in group activities. This will involve spending 30mins – 1hour per session with a resident who could benefit from more social interaction.
There will also be an opportunity to get involved in group activities we run such as coffee mornings, afternoon tea

What induction, training and support is offered?

All volunteers are giving an induction to Getting to Know You project and key staff members. They will receive Safeguarding, GDPR and GTKU Onboarding training.

What skills or qualities are needed?

• An enthusiastic, empathetic approach
• Someone who has great communication and understands the need to be patient and flexible when it comes to working with vulnerable adults

More info
Date added

14th June 2022


Southern Housing Group


Portslade South

Deadline for applications

29 Jul 2022


Older people


Befriending Residential volunteering

Disabled access?


Expenses paid?


Childcare available?


Contact name

Brittany O'Neill - Project Lead

Phone number


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