Telephone Befriender

  • VO85142
  • Home-based volunteering


Description

Loneliness is a major issue that is now widely recognised in society today. 200,000 people in Scotland will go half a week without a visit or call from anyone. This problem has been heightened by coronavirus restrictions, in which our usual ways of seeing family, friends, or just familiar faces have been put on pause. Our Telephone Befrienders can help combat this problem by offering encouragement and support, and reducing the amount of time spent that some elderly individuals spend without talking to anyone.

Often Befriending Telephone calls can lead to a friendship between the volunteer and older individual, which can provide enormous benefits for both individuals. Our clients are always incredibly grateful for a chat, and for someone to check in with them.

This service is available to anyone across Perth and Kinross. Due to the nature of this work, Elder Voice comply with CRBS Disclosure Scotland procedures, and all volunteers undergo PVG disclosures.

Organisation aims and objectives

Elder Voice is a charity, based in Blairgowrie, committed to addressing loneliness, isolation and malnutrition in older people living in and around Perth & Kinross. We offer a number of services for the elderly, including Community Transport Services, Shopping Services, Befriending and Telephone Befriending, and our taxi voucher scheme.

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Restrictions

Experience required: - A drive to help people, especially older and vulnerable people in the community - Good communication skills- you will need to be able to communicate with the clients who may have communication difficulties, or may be hard of hearing - A kind and friendly nature, able to encourage and listen to older individuals
Travel details: Throughout Perth & Kinross
Minimum age: 18

Support

Taster available: Yes
Support: Named Contact For Volunteer

Last updated 5 months ago

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