1-2-1 Volunteer Befriender

  • VO96055


The role is to provide a social connection for elderly people in North East Fife who face struggles with feelings of loneliness and isolation and help to build confidence. Volunteers and members are matched based on their hobbies, interests and preferences. Volunteers will visit the member in their home at a time suitable for both, the visit is for company only and the volunteer is not home help or a qualified care assistant. The volunteer and member might decide to go out for lunch or a coffee or provide support in the client’s home. Loneliness is hugely detrimental to an individual's mental and physical health and by providing a social contact each week you can contribute towards preventing this.

Organisation aims and objectives

* To provide support and therapeutic work placements to those recovering from a mental health illness. * To provide training opportunities and work placements to enable local unemployed or disadvantaged people to re-enter the labour market and regain self-worth in the process. * To bring together people who wouldn't usually meet to do things they wouldn't usually do. * To relieve poverty and distress.











Experience required: No previous experience required and full training will be provided. Desired skills and qualities of volunteers include: -Being a caring listener for people -Reliability to commit to agreed times -Motivation to make a positive impact on elderly lives in Cupar -Drive to help build confidence in clients and promote the lounge -Understanding the importance of confidentiality
Travel details: Most often the clients own home or at an agreed upon place in the community such as a café or social club.
Minimum age: 18


Expenses paid: Yes
Expenses details: Yes - Mileage paid at 40p per mile or public transport cost paid
Training details: All volunteers will be initially provided with around 1-2 hours induction covering everything from role specifics, expectations and boundaries, health and safety, manual handling and everything else needed to succeed in the role. Also PVG checks will be done and costs covered if don’t already have one. Continued support will be provided throughout by the coordinator and opportunities for continual ongoing training provided depending on the needs of the role and personal interests.
Support: Named Contact For Volunteer,
Wheelchair Access/Disabled Access Toilet