Volunteer Visitor for the Archdeacon of Buckingham’s Clergy Charity

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Volunteer Visitor for the Buckingham Archdeaconry Clergy Charity

The Archdeacon of Buckingham’s Clergy Charity is a small Charity set up to provide financial support to clergy in the Archdeaconry, their widows in times of need.  The Trustees comprise the Archdeacon of Buckingham, the Bishop of Buckingham and three Lay members.  Whilst the needs of the clergy are generally well known to the Archdeacon, the clergy widows are personally visited by lay people in order to provide both pastoral support and to establish if the Charity can help with any specific significant financial issue.

Currently there are six visitors based in different parts of the county along with a Visitor Co-ordinator.  The Trustees are keen to hear from others to take on the role as a Volunteer Visitor who could regularly visit and keep in contact with a small number of the widows within the Archdeaconry.

The Visitor’s responsibilities include:

  • Visiting the widows at least every three months (or more frequently according to need)
  • Preparing and providing brief notes on each visit to the Visitor Co-ordinator who will, in turn, collate information from all the visitors, provide a report for the Trustees and advise of any specific financial need when attending their meetings three times a year
  • Joining the annual luncheon usually held at the Bishop of Buckingham’s home or another venue in the county, normally held in June, and assist with bringing some of the widows to that luncheon.

The person the Trustees are looking for is someone who will predominantly provide a listening ear to the concerns of the widows and be able to empathise with their current situation which can vary from being very financially secure and/or physically independent to possibly housebound or in a Care Home and/or financially in need.

As a volunteer visitor you will need to have the use of a car and a telephone.  Also you should have some expertise in the use of a computer in order to send and receive e mails and to produce written reports for the Visitor Co-ordinator.

For an informal discussion about the role please contact the Archdeacon of Buckingham.  Telephone: 01865 208266 or email archdeacon.buckingham@oxford.anglican.org