Description

You would be part of a small, friendly team helping to enrich the lives of our service users, by giving them the confidence and ability to socialise within their local community.

The Volunteer Befriender will actively encourage and accompany a DCF Service User, to access and enjoy a range of social and recreational activities. The Befriender will provide companionship, conversation and occasional (rarely) physical support to enable a service user to manage physical difficulties with mobility and fatigue (which can impair cognitive functioning). Interests and activities are to be discussed. These could include going to the cinema, attending music/sporting events, visiting museums, discussing current affairs, going for coffee and short walks etc.
Dynamic Community Fusion operates two projects in the Scottish Borders, The Borders Brain Injury Service and Reconnect with Confidence. Both of these aim to assist adults who have sustained a brain injury, to live independently and to re-integrate into their communities.

Organisation aims and objectives

To assist in the rehabilitation of those suffering from Brain Injuries across the length and breadth of the Scottish Borders. We aim to inform, advice and support to enable Service Users to rebuild their lives, be independent and integrate back into society. Most of our work is carried out on a 1-1 basis but we also offer support groups across the Scottish Borders.

Restrictions

Driver preferable but not essential.
Experience required: Experience working with disabled and vulnerable people is desirable but not essential. The Befriender must have a mature outlook, good social skills and be approachable and friendly. Must understand and respect confidentiality and hold responsibility for passing on relevant information and/or concerns onto DCF staff if needed. A PVG will be carried out by DCF BBIS.
Travel details: We require 2 befrienders in each of the following three areas – Berwickshire, Peebles and Galashiels (Central Borders).
Minimum age: 18

Support

Training details: You would be accompanied by a Rehab Worker for the first few meetings until you feel comfortable.
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.