Thank you for your post and your interest in volunteering for the telephone peer support service.
We understand that some people may find it difficult to attend the training day due to distance, their Parkinson’s or caring responsibilities.
It is important that all successful applicants attend the training day. This is to ensure the volunteers understand the role and its boundaries. It also prepares them to deliver the service and gives us the opportunity to make sure they are suitable for the role.
I am always happy to keep peoples details on file as recruitment is on-going. If there seems to be a lot of interest and demand in particular part of the country, we will certainly take this into consideration when organising future training. For example one of our pervious training sessions was held in Liverpool.
We are also looking into developing online training modules in the near future, so potential volunteers can complete training at home, rather than travelling to attend a training day. Unfortunately, this isn’t something that we are able to offer at present, so we apologise for any disappointment this may cause.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any further questions. You can reach me through the helpline on 0808 800 0303. I’m happy to keep your details on file and inform you of future recruitment and training opportunities within the peer support service.