Volunteer Befriender

  • VO70454


Many people with dementia can often feel isolated and lonely. As a befriender, you can help to make a real difference to the lives of people living with dementia in the following ways:

  • Provide more opportunities for social contact and companionship
  • Support to develop life story book, engage reminiscence.
  • Support people to build relationships with others
  • Motivate people to take up old hobbies and interests again, or develop new ones
  • Encourage people to take part in local groups and activities

You will be matched with a person living in your area with similar interests and life experiences.

Organisation aims and objectives

To provide support for people with dementia and their carers.










1-2 hours per week.


Experience required: No experience is necessary as full training and ongoing support will be provided for this role. However, we are looking for people who are patient, caring, understanding and can relate well to people who may have memory or communication difficulties. If you are passionate about supporting people with dementia to live a fuller and more active life in their communities then we want to hear from you!
Travel details: Kelso, St. Boswells, Newtown St. Boswells, Melrose, Tweesbank, Galashiels and their surrounding areas. Volunteers are matched with a person living within 10 miles of their home.
Minimum age: 16


Expenses details: Travel expenses @ 42p per mile.
Training details: Full training and support from the Community Connexions Befriending Coordinator.
Support: Named Contact For Volunteer

Last updated 5 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.