Passing the Baton Befriender

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Description

We are looking for a trustworthy and compassionate individual, willing to befriend a person who is socially isolated and may also struggle with addiction, homelessness and mental health issues.
General responsibilities:
To develop a companionship level relationship with a befriendee;
To accompany the befriendee to social activities and community groups;
To participate in an induction and on-going training as appropriate and adhere to all procedures and policies

Organisation aims and objectives

Bethany Christian Trust exists to relieve the suffering and meet the long-term needs of homeless and vulnerable people. Our vision is that through Christian love in action homelessness will be reduced and vulnerable people empowered to live independently within society. Bethany operates services that take people from homelessness through to managing their own tenancy and building positive friendships.

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2 hours a week for a year

Restrictions

Experience required: A mentor should have integrity and be aware of confidentiality issues which may arise regarding the individual Be sociable and have an approachable manner Have good time management and organisational skills Be able to operate under the guidance and support of Passing the Baton staff
Travel details: Due to the ongoing pandemic, many befriender meetings are happening online via Zoom. If, however, you and your befriendee are able to meet in person, please ensure that it is a communal, public space such as a cafe
Minimum age: 18

Support

Expenses paid: Yes
Expenses details: Regular volunteers are entitled to claim up to £3.20 per day for travel expenses (£4.00 if multiple buses are required) and up to £3 per day for lunch expenses, providing that they volunteer for 4 hours or more on that day, and that they present their manager/supervisor with the valid receipts.
Training details: There are 2 initial traning sessions which cover things such as confidentiality, and ongoing traning is given as needed.
Support: Wheelchair Access/Disabled Access Toilet

Last updated 3 months ago

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