Parish Visitor

The purpose of the job is to engage with the community and the church to give some support to those who are housebound or recently bereaved without close family, or those who are lonely.

Contact would be made through

 getting to know the community though visiting the Charteris Club, the Over 60s, Gateway Coffee Morning and the Dorney Coffee Morning

 referrals from the vicar or other members of the community

 permission will be sought beforehand and data handled in accordance with current data protection requirements

Support would consist of

 Visits as appropriate.

 Phone calls as appropriate.

 Starting up a Coffee Morning in Eton if there is interest for this.

Visits and phone calls will take place in accordance with guidelines which will form part of the working agreement. For details see below.

In order to fulfil this brief, the Parish Visitor would be expected to

 undertake training as agreed, including safeguarding training, training in pastoral visiting and in confidentiality

 train and supervise others, building teams as the number of people requiring visits grows, to make the work sustainable.

The post will be subject to the parish safeguarding policies, and will require a current enhanced DBS check and the level of safeguarding training required by a church pastoral leader (currently level C2).

The Parish Visitor will be employed by the PCCs of the parishes making up the Benefice of Eton with Eton Wick and Boveney and Dorney, and this will be the area within which support will take place.

He/She will report to the incumbent of the benefice.

The post-holder is expected to work 10 hours per week, for a salary of £6000 per year, which will include statutory holiday pay.

Statutory holiday will apply pro-rata based on 40 hour week.

The contract will be for 3 years, with a 3 month initial trial period.

The post-holder will work from home and will be entitled to reimbursement of expenses reasonably incurred: travel at the diocesan rate and other expenses according to receipts presented on a completed claim form. Expenses will be authorised by the incumbent.

The post-holder will be covered by the church employee liability insurance according to its terms.

Visits are for the purpose of offering social contact only. They will normally last no more than 45 minutes, but may be shorter. They will be arranged in advance. They may take place in a public meeting place, such as a coffee shop, or at home when arranged appropriately. The weekly schedule for visits will be noted in advance and the incumbent made aware of the timetable. A log will be kept showing only the date and time and name of those visited, and this log will be communicated to the incumbent monthly. The visitor will meet with the incumbent at appropriate intervals and seek support from the incumbent as needed, raising any concerns as they arise.

 Whilst it may be appropriate to put those visited in contact with other groups and agencies at their request, this is not an advocacy or a carer role, and the visitor will maintain this boundary and make those visited aware of the limits of the role. Any safeguarding concerns must be raised with the parish safeguarding officer in accordance with the safeguarding policy.

The visits are offered for free and no financial or other payment may be accepted.

If those visited would like to make a donation to the church at any time, the visitor may give them contact details so that the person can make direct contact with the church about this.

The visitor will maintain appropriate confidentially and will behave in a way in keeping with the mission and ethos of the church.

Person Specification

Skills and Experience:

 Good listening and communication skills and experience

 Good interpersonal skills

 Good organisational skills

 Proven track record of managing others

Personal Attributes

 Reliable and organised

 Empathetic

 Caring and positive disposition

 Non-judgemental and respectful approach to people

 Ability to be flexible

 Willingness to learn and develop skills and knowledge

 Ability to use own initiative

 Commitment to safeguarding and working within the guidelines given

 Ability to maintain confidentiality