Befriender

  • VO89520


Description

Caledonia Housing Association’s Volunteer Project supports older people living in retirement housing schemes across the city. We are looking for friendly and reliable volunteers who enjoy socialising in a one-to-one setting, either in person, or over the phone.

This role will involve providing companionship for an older person who may be isolated or lonely. This could be visiting and having a cup of tea and a chat, sharing interests and stories, or even going out for a cuppa or a walk together! This role is particularly vital as we come out of lockdown and the Covid-19 pandemic.

Many older people are feeling more isolated than ever, and your companionship could make a real difference to their wellbeing. All of our current Befrienders say how much they enjoy the role and how much they themselves get out of the relationship. No experience is necessary, would suit someone who enjoys supporting older people and can give a few hours of their time per week or fortnight. We provide Befriender Induction Training for all candidates – All befriender volunteers are required to undergo a PVG check prior to starting.

Organisation aims and objectives

Caledonia Housing Association is one of Scotland’s leading providers of high-quality affordable homes and associated services for people in housing need. We own and manage over 4,600 social rented homes in 8 local authority areas. Our strategy is based on providing homes and services that make life better.

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Meeting usually last between 1.5 and 2 hours – per week or fortnight Most older people prefer day time visits, but a few do have early evening visit. This can be decided upon between the befriender and older person.

Restrictions

Experience required: We are looking for friendly volunteers who are patient, reliable and would enjoy supporting older people who may be lonely or isolated.
Travel details: Various locations around Dundee
Minimum age: 18

Support

Expenses paid: Yes
Expenses details: Public transport costs reimbursed on production of tickets purchased. Mileage paid at 45p/mile.
Taster available: Yes
Taster details: Volunteers are welcome to come along and meet the tenants beforehand.
Training details: All volunteers will undergo Befriender Induction training
Support: Named Contact For Volunteer,
Wheelchair Access/Disabled Access Toilet

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