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Come and join us
Tapestry Lunch Club is a not-for-profit social enterprise offering high quality small group day support for people across Sussex, Surrey and the surrounding areas. Our service is primarily for those who are socially isolated, lonely or those who may have concerns around memory loss and as a result may be losing confidence in socialising in larger groups.
As a host, not only will you be central to your guests, but also involved with their wider family and friends, and so become a vital part of all their lives. It is of paramount importance to Tapestry Lunch Club that these strong bonds are created, you will become the glue, so that everyone feels comfortable and content and a sense of security and support is established early on.
Working as a Virtual Host
For the time being, TLC has gone on line. We are now offering virtual tea parties and are looking for hosts that will bake and prepare a delicious tea (a selection of sandwiches and cakes), deliver tea boxes to your guests’ doorsteps (all within a 5-8 miles radius of your home) and host an online themed tea party via Zoom. All your guests will be loaned a tablet (similar to an Ipad) to allow them to join in with the tea parties.
We will be offering a day wage which will include food and mileage costs. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
Working as a Host
We are looking for kind, compassionate and resourceful people to join the Tapestry Lunch Club team.
We are looking for people who are:
- Thoughtful, understanding, caring, astute, positive and warm with all – particularly older people
- Have flexibility and able to think on your feet
- Have a can-do attitude and a great sense of humour
- Be committed to promoting people’s independence
- Ability to work on own initiative and be dependable
- Physically fit, lots of energy and be emotionally robust
We have had to adjust some of the day due to COVID-19, and have conducted a full risk assessment to ensure both our guests and hosts stay safe. In principal, the day remains the same but hygiene and social distancing are now at the fore front of our minds. We can share all our new procedures, hopefully temporarily, with you. Please email email@example.com for further information of how we can and intend to work safely.
How you work
Tapestry Lunch Club operates from Monday to Friday between the working hours of 9am and 5pm. A host with Tapestry Lunch Club is responsible for running a hosting day for two to five guests. After preparing your home for your guests, you will collect your guests from their homes (within a 5-8 miles radius of your home), in the morning between 10.00am – 11.30am and will return to your home where they will enjoy an engaging, sociable and stimulating few hours. You will return your guests to their homes between 3.00pm – 4.00pm. As the host you will prepare refreshments in the morning and afternoon, an excellent home cooked lunch and optional fun/stimulating activities.
You will not be expected to provide any personal care.
What you need
- A home with easy access in and out of the house
- A downstairs loo
- A five door car
- Full driving license
What we can do for you
We believe that understanding our guests fully is a critical part of a host’s role and therefore participation in our dementia support awareness training is a vital part of coming on board. In addition we would want you to expand your knowledge of emergency first aid, food safety & hygiene, safeguarding vulnerable adults and manual handling – all of which we support you to complete. We also conduct an Enhanced DBS check unless you already have one.
- Full training provided
- Enhanced DBS
- Excellent remuneration
- On going support and mentoring
- Incentive schemes and career progression
Working with us as a Volunteer
As a consequence of COVID-19, we are having to come up with alternative ways of working. Working within Government guidelines, we will be open for business, welcoming our current and new guests back to our small group lunches. We are looking for volunteer to join us (expenses will be covered). Volunteers can work along side our hosts within the host’s home, engaging and interacting with the guests or as support drivers. Other ways you can help as a volunteer: leaflet distribution, cooking support/menu ideas, helping with activity afternoons/providing creative ideas, preparing the host’s home and kitchen pre-lunch or helping with post lunch cleaning.
As a volunteer driver, you will use your own car (5 door) in order to transport a maximum of 3 guests (as per current COVID government guidelines), have a full driving licence plus business car insurance. Drivers will transport guests within a 6-8 miles radius of the host’s home within the local communities of West Sussex and Surrey. Driving duties will be once or twice a week and hours less than a couple in the morning (approximately 10.00-11.00/11.30am depending on guests’ postcodes) and a couple in the afternoon (3.30-5pm). Our drivers need to be kind, and caring and have the flexibility to think on your feet, ability to work on own initiative, be physically fit with lots of energy. You will also build a relationship with your guests’ families and friends.
Do get in touch by either filling in the on-line form below or email firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on