Volunteer Befriender

  • VO86212


Description

Befrienders, as part of the circle of support, help the focus person to build their confidence and participate in social activities within their community.

As a Volunteer Befriender, you will be a part of a person’s circle of support and help the focus person to build their confidence through participating in social activities within their community. This may include going for walks, participating in clubs or classes together, or attending Equal Futures’ monthly social events.
Befrienders attend the circle meetings (approx. bimonthly) and meet 1:1 with their focus person weekly or fortnightly. Equal Futures supports you throughout your volunteering.
Volunteers will be registered with Disclosure Scotland PVG Scheme

Organisation aims and objectives

Equal Futures has been supporting people with an additional support need to make connections since its foundation by family carers in 2002. We work with adults (18 years plus) with an additional support need, this could be a learning disability or another significant lifelong condition, such as Down’s syndrome or autism. We believe that people with Additional Support Needs are among some of the most isolated, our vision is a society without loneliness with your help we can try to achieve this for everyone. Befriending and Circle support can help someone with an additional support need make valuable connections: building their confidence, resilience and independence. Our services also provide reassurance and respite for their family members who have often undertaken a significant caring role. We offer a flexible approach with services that are delivered at a time and pace to suit the individual and family at the centre of the support. The services we offer are entirely free of charge.

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2 hours every fortnight Preferred minimum commitment - one year

Restrictions

Experience required: • Warm and friendly • Approachable • Compassionate • Flexible • Dependable • Empathetic • Reliable • Good listeners
Minimum age: 16

Support

Expenses paid: Yes
Expenses details: Transport and similar expenses are met. Activity/ entrance fees etc.
Training details: Induction training is provided, Ongoing contact is kept with your local Project coordinator who will be on hand help and guide throughout your volunteering experience.
Support: Named Contact For Volunteer

Last updated 2 months ago

Please note, organisations are currently experiencing a large volume of enquiries from people looking to help out. They may not always be able to meet this demand so please be patient, you may not receive a quick response or be assigned to a role.