Volunteer Befriender

  • VO86884


Description

VOLUNTEER BEFRIENDERS REQUIRED TO VISIT LONELY ISOLATED OLDER MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY TO OFFER COMPANIONSHIP AND HELP WITH UNDERTAKING SOCIAL ACTIVITIES.

Responsible to: The Project Coordinator
Where: To provide 1:1 Befriending to an allocated beneficiary within Livingston and the surrounding areas
Duties & responsibilities:
• To visit a person with whom you have been matched, building a relationship of friendship and trust
• To assist beneficiary with participating in community life and accessing community or leisure activities
• To visit beneficiary on times agreed with your co-ordinator
• To maintain your position of trust and build a one to one relationship and adhere to the appropriate boundaries
• To respect the beneficiaries wishes and help them to become more independent
• To work within a non-discriminatory boundary
• To support staff with information sharing and updates
• To fill in any correspondence during and after visits and attend supervision meetings with your project co-ordinator
Skills, Experience & Knowledge
You should be:

• Reliable with an interest in making a difference to someone’s life
• Genuine, honest and non-judgemental
• Empathetic, with good listening skills
• A good communicator who doesn’t impose their own views, values or opinions.
• Approachable with a positive attitude
• Able to form a positive supportive relationship with others
• Patient and friendly
• Willing to attend training and supervision as required

We request that Volunteers are willing to commit their time for 3 months, you can decide how many hours that you are able to give from as little as one hour per fortnight, however, by committing to a period of 3 months, we can ensure consistency for our beneficiaries.

Restrictions

Experience required: NO EXPERIENCE REQUIRED JUST PATIENT, CALM AND FRIENDLY
Minimum age: 18

Support

Expenses paid: Yes
Expenses details: TRAVEL – 30P PER MILE, BUS/TRAIN REIMBURSED (receipts must be kept) IF OUT FOR COFFEE/CAKE UP TO £5 EACH FOR VOLUNTEER AND BEFRIENDEE (receipts kept)
Taster details: NO TASTER BUT HAVE MORE INFORMATION IF REQUIRED
Training details: INDUCTION TRAINING WILL BE DONE ONLINE , SUPERVISION WILL BE REQUIRED AND ONGOING TRAINING AS AND WHEN NEEDED

Last updated 3 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.