We all need to stay at home to protect ourselves and others. However, those who are well and not at risk can provide essential support for their family, friends and neighbours who cannot leave the house.

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Befriender volunteers are required to meet with a beneficiary to help alleviate loneliness and isolation, listen to and engage with the beneficiary, promoting positive outlooks and raising self esteem.

Regularly meet with a beneficiary, either in their home or at a mutually agreed location. Listen to and engage with the beneficiary, promoting positive outlooks and raised self-esteem. Research into local community groups and activities to find relevant interests for the beneficiary. Identify any additional areas of support and make referrals to the Area Welfare Manager if required. Keep a note of visits undertaken, with recommendations and actions.

Organisation aims and objectives

When one of the RAF family needs a friend, they can turn to us. We can be there on the doorstep, in person, to help sort out the problem and share the load. When times are tough nothing beats a friendly, face to face support from someone who really cares.


Experience required: Befrienders need to be caring and empathetic with the ability to build a rapport with others and put them at ease through a friendly, sensitive approach, good listeners and communicators, reliable and dependable, flexible in terms of who you will support and able to put people who may be worried, at ease.
Travel details: This opportunity takes place in Kelso in the Scottish Borders.
Minimum age: 18


Expenses paid: Yes
Expenses details: All travel expenses as per expenses policy. Other expenses agreed up front.
Training details: 1 day initial training course
Support: Named Contact For Volunteer

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