Befriender - East Kilbride area

  • VO88600


A befriender will be matched with an older person (50 and over) in their area that is isolated or lonely. They will spend time with them offering companionship to build their confidence and link them back into social activities. Many of our clients have very few visitors or people to go and see them so our volunteers spend time with someone whether through a cuppa and a chat in the clients home or a walk locally, with the hope that the volunteer will improve wellbeing, alleviate loneliness and isolation. We also run local friendship groups that the client can be linked into if able to get out and about.

Some of the skills we look for in a volunteer are: An empathy with older people; reliable and trustworthy; being sensitive and supportive; flexible; Having a few hours spare each week; Being friendly; Being interested in people.

Organisation aims and objectives

LEAP has provided befriending services to people aged 50 and over – often the most vulnerable people in our community. The aim of these services is to provide support and companionship to older people who may be isolated or lonely. Volunteers from the local community are recruited and trained to carry out the tasks requested above and are supported by a Volunteer Development Officer.










2 hours per week. Minimum Commitment: 6 months. (Monday ? Friday 9am - 4:30pm) - Flexible to suit.

Frequency and commitment details

2 hours per week. Minimum Commitment: 6 months. (Monday ? Friday 9am - 4:30pm) - Flexible to suit.


No Gender Restriction, Disclosure Check (PVG) & References will be required.
Experience required: No Expertise, Caring,Good Communicator,Good Listener,Open minded,Patient,Reliable / Dependable,Sociable,
Travel details: The opportunity takes place at multiple location across South Lanarkshire Yes East Kilbride
Minimum age: 18


Expenses paid: Yes
Expenses details: Travel expenses are reimbursed (Monthly).
Taster available: Yes
Training details: All volunteers are given 2 befriending training sessions as well as ongoing training such as dementia awareness, mental health awareness and others throughout volunteering role.
Support: Named Contact For Volunteer