Keeping In Touch (KIT) Worker

Contract Type: 
Fixed term
Part time
Application deadline: 
Thursday, 11 August, 2022 - 09:00
Fixed Salary
Pro Rata
Age UK Sunderland

J O B   V A C A N C Y


Keeping in Touch (KIT) Worker

1 year fixed term contract

25 hours per week - £18,164 pa (pro rata) plus pension and excellent holidays

We seek an organised, self-motivated and compassionate individual to deliver a quality befriending service to vulnerable older people, reducing the negative impact of loneliness and isolation. The post holder will be responsible for implementing activities to support the older people’s wellbeing.


Job Description


Post:                           Keeping in Touch (KIT) Worker

Responsible to:         CIT Manager

Location:                    Various


Job Purpose

To deliver a quality befriending service to vulnerable older people, reducing the negative impact of loneliness and isolation. Implementing activities to support older peoples’ wellbeing.

Job Description

To be a befriender to older people and undertake all reasonable activities identified.

Engage with older people and converse on a variety of topics

To support older people’s emotional wellbeing.

Liaise and co-operate with carers and share information as required

Report immediately, changes in service users’ health, abilities or circumstances to the manager.

Identify potential extra support needs to the line manager

Signpost to relevant support services including AUKS and partner services

Provide information on AUKS activities and services where appropriate

Maintain strict confidentiality regarding all aspects of the work undertaken

Abide by and implement all policies and procedures of AUKS, including being aware of and responsible corporately and as an individual for Health & Safety policy

To ensure adherence to GDPR principles at all times

Act as a Safeguarding Adults Alerter

This post is subject to an enhanced DBS

A befriender will not be asked to meet any personal care needs

Undertake all reasonable tasks, in keeping with the level of responsibility of the post, as requested by the line manager/Director.


Person Specification

Post:                           KIT Worker

Responsible to:         CIT Manager

Location:                    Various

Essential Criteria

Good understanding of the needs of older people

Be able to communicate effectively with older people, colleagues and partners.

Be able to work to an agreed timetable of home/community visits

Have ability to keep basic records

Ability to work alone with the minimum of supervision

A caring, sympathetic, sensitive manner and a non-judgemental approach.


Understanding of confidentiality

Commitment to understanding the needs of vulnerable older people

Demonstrate a positive and enthusiastic approach

Willingness to help raise self -esteem/confidence through a positive befriending relationship.

Possess a full, clean driving licence and have access to a car for work


For further information and to request an application pack you can email or download one directly from our website  Alternatively send a large SAE for 93p to Age UK Sunderland, Bradbury Centre, Stockton Rd, Sunderland.  SR2 7AQ. Tel: 0191 5141131. CV’s are not accepted for this role.


This post is subject to DBS Enhanced Disclosure.

Closing date Thursday 11th August 2022 9.00am

Interview date: Wednesday 24th August 2022