Volunteer Befrienders

  • VO87946


Description

Everyone can feel lonely and isolated at times, especially if experiencing hardship.

This year, in response to the crippling effects of loneliness and isolation on peoples wellbeing (physical, emotional, social and mental health), that the pandemic has only exacerbated, TLC have responded to this need and developed a befriending service to combat the loneliness and isolation felt by many in our city.

Our aim is that our expertly trained and compassionate volunteers will not only provide a lifeline to people, in the form of friendship, but also a helping hand to reconnect to the community, bringing joy and passion back into people’s lives.

If you would like to be a beacon of hope to someone in need, please do apply to join our team. For further information please contact Jonny Astill, Development Manager at email: jonny@tlc.org.uk or tel.: 07859 771292.

Organisation aims and objectives

At TLC our vision is to help care for our community. We believe in meeting the real needs of people. The TLC Befriending Service provides befriending for older adults in a care home/sheltered housing setting alongside other befrienders in south Aberdeen.

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Flexible times available to suit volunteers. All help is greatly appreciated.

Restrictions

Experience required: - Good listening and communication skills with a range of people. - Patience and tact. - A caring, sympathetic, sensitive manner and a non-judgemental approach. - Reliable and dependable. - Ability to share experiences. - Willing to learn. - Have a positive outlook. - Commitment to understanding the needs of the people we serve. - Willingness to work without direct supervision. - Understanding of confidentiality (working within TLC policies and procedures).
Travel details: Aberdeen City based.
Minimum age: 18

Support

Training details: Excellent support and training is provided to all volunteers. Includes: *Initial Induction Core Training: - Intro to TLC - Befriending Project Values - Befriender Contact - Policies & Procedures *Ongoing Training: - Mental Health Awareness Training - Dementia Awareness training - Etc As this is a new project, training needs will be identified throughout the lifespan of the project. Once identified, relevant volunteers will be required to undertake additional training. The TLC staff team foresee that at least two training meetings will be held yearly. *Support for volunteers: Volunteers will be able to contact a member of the TLC staff team for advice or additional support.
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Last updated 7 days 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.