OPAL (Older People Active Lives) Telephone Befriender

  • VO75283
  • Home-based volunteering


Cyrenians OPAL (Older People, Active Lives) Service aims to maintain or increase older people’s independence and well-being across the West Lothian Council area for those typically aged 60+. During our response to COVID-19 we are looking for telephone befrienders (usually meet ups would be face to face).

This may be a chance to chat and share experiences, helping older people to remain socially connected.

Organisation aims and objectives

Our vision is an inclusive society in which we all have the opportunities to live valued and fulfilled lives. We work to make that vision a reality by our mission to support people excluded from family, home, work or community on their life journey.










Frequency and commitment details

A few hours, per week/fortnight


PVG required (cost covered by Cyrenians)
Experience required: • Good listening skills • Good communication skills • Friendly personality • Reliable • Good time keeping • Patience/Empathy • Non-judgmental • Respect confidentiality • Able to work within set boundaries • Keeping accurate visit/call records and feeding back to the team
Travel details: Covers West Lothian
Minimum age: 18


Expenses paid: Yes
Expenses details: Local travel expenses. Food reimbursed up to certain amount depending on local agreement.
Training details: A full induction will be provided to ensure clear expectations. Training will be offered where appropriate as well as access to ongoing support.

Last updated 2 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.