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Volunteering at a care home - August 6th 2017, 03:16 PM

Hey, so I don't know if this belongs in the education and careers section but I'll put it here anyway. Basically I'm looking for a way to fill in my spare time this summer, I wanted to go to an elderly care home but I'm worried that the people there won't like me. It's my anxiety but also because I'm a Muslim and I'm just worried that they might not like me because of my religion.
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Re: Volunteering at a care home - August 6th 2017, 08:28 PM

It's great to spend some free time volunteering! You'll gain more experience, meet new people, have something to put on your CV and other applications and overall hopefully enjoy the experience!

Your religion shouldn't matter when it comes to volunteering. Though I understand the worry that elderly residents may be stuck in their ways and not as tolerant to differences, but equally, they may be very glad for the company!

Your religion shouldn't matter to the staff either, as that would be discriminatory.

Perhaps you can drop into a care home and say that you are thinking of volunteering and ask if you can volunteer there and get a tour of the place? It can be helpful having a look around and seeing whether it's a place that you'd like to volunteer at.

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Re: Volunteering at a care home - August 6th 2017, 10:17 PM

I agree with Holly, your religion shouldn't matter, but to some of the residents, it might. I would guess that most would love the company and having visitors. Do you wear Hijab? Unless you express your religion visually or openly, it shouldn't even come up.

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Re: Volunteering at a care home - August 6th 2017, 11:22 PM

Lol yeah I do wear it that's why I was a little worried. I'm in the U.K. though and I've never really experienced any serious discrimination because of it so I guess you guys are right. Thanks for your replies!
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Re: Volunteering at a care home - August 7th 2017, 05:07 AM

I work as a direct care supervisor at an in-home care agency. A lot of my home care aids are of various ethnicities and religious backgrounds, and my clients typically don't have any issues with it. Some of them even call me after they meet and tell me all about how they're getting to learn about a different culture! I wouldn't be worried that the people there won't like you. I guarantee you won't run into that issue, and if you do, just remind them that you are there to help and your religion plays no part in it. You seem passionate about this, so I definitely encourage you to go for it.

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Re: Volunteering at a care home - August 7th 2017, 06:48 AM

My grandmother lived in a home of a sort for a while and they would have activities. I don't think too many of the people that were in the home cared so much about the ethnicity, religion or sexuality of the person that was helping them. They mostly just cared about having someone to interact with and having someone who treated them with respect and kindness.

I mean, it's possible that some of the people might be rude or something but I don't think that is something you will encounter all that often. Depending on the level of care the care home offers some of the people might be a tad bit sicker or something. I know I was going to volunteer for a hospice in my town and the people told us that sometimes the people we would work with would say rude things because of the illness clouding their judgement. That being said, since you aren't working in a hospice I don't think that would be an issue? Also, usually, they will require an orientation for their volunteers (both programs I have done for the hospice and home health program did) and they will usually be able to give some examples of some of the more common issues that you might run into.

Lastly, if you do have any type of issue with one of the people you are working for you could talk to the manager or whoever you are volunteering under and they should be able to help you come up with a way to handle it.

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Re: Volunteering at a care home - August 7th 2017, 06:45 PM

Thanks for sharing guys. You've given me a lot of confidence to go do this now
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