Befriender (Older Person's Service)

  • VO89673


To provide support to isolated people aged 65 and older by visiting them (weekly or fortnightly) to help reduce their social isolation.

Main tasks

Meet with members (weekly, two-weekly) for a mutually agreed length of time
Being mindful of capabilities and limitations of the member, encourage them to take part in activities
Maintain confidentiality regarding client information
Take part in mandatory induction training and any other relevant training
Attend planned regular reviews with LinkLiving staff
Submit relevant expenses and receipts on a monthly basis
Attend mandatory induction training and any other training relevant to the post
Attend regular volunteer support sessions
Operate within LinkLiving policies and procedures and any other relevant guidelines and Legislation.

Please note, our volunteer befrienders do not provide personal care needs.

Organisation aims and objectives

The project aims to reduce social isolation in older people by recruiting and supporting individuals to become volunteers who can then be matched with an older person, to go shopping go for a coffee, support the person to attend a social group or help the older person with some simple practical tasks.










Minimum 1 hour per week and looking for people who are willing to commit long-term.


Experience required: Excellent communication skills Friendly and approachable Dependable and trustworthy Sensitivity and ability to treat others with respect Well-presented and welcoming
Travel details: We cover the whole of Fife however due to the Covid-19 outbreak the befriending role will be carried out over the telephone to start with
Minimum age: 18


Expenses paid: Yes
Expenses details: Public transport and mileage to and from volunteer's house to member's house or social cafe venue will be reimbursed.
Training details: You'll be provided with full induction training plus any other training which may be relevant e.g. first aid, manual handling health & safety, dementia awareness as well as many other options. There are extensive training opportunities and regular meetings with other befrienders and Link Living volunteers. Twice yearly outings for everyone involved in the project is also on offer, as well as support and supervision from the Project Workers.
Support: Named Contact For Volunteer,
Wheelchair Access/Disabled Access Toilet

Last updated 12 days ago