Wanted Volunteer Befriender (with a difference!)
Enjoy singing rock classics in the car? Passionate about football? Or do you simply love a coffee and a chat in your favourite café?
Whether you are a foodie or a footie fan, a crazy kitchen dancer or an avid film buff we need you! Here at Equal Futures we like to take a fresh look at befriending and encourage volunteers that are as diverse as the people we support.
We believe that people with Additional Support Needs are among some of the most isolated, our vision is a society without loneliness with your help we can try to achieve this for everyone.
We support individuals, families and volunteers to develop meaningful and lasting friendships.
If you have 2 -3 hours a fortnight to give to someone this rewarding role could be just right for you. We ask for a minimum 6 month commitment , in return you will receive full training, ongoing support and development, the opportunity to make real and lasting connections and be part of something truly special.
Equal Futures is an organisation set up by a group of parents with a family member with a learning disability. This gives a unique viewpoint to the range of challenges families face when they want to make sure that their sons and daughters live a good life. Many families feel isolated; unsure where to ask for help. Most people with disabilities will have social care services to provide support for daily living. But there is often a lack of understanding in these services that people want more than this. Everyone wants friends too – this is where Equal Futures can help.
3-4 hours every week or fortnight over a minimum of 6 months
Travel details: All reasonable travel expenses (incurred either through public transport or petrol) will be reimbursed by Equal Futures
Minimum age: 18
Expenses details: All reasonable travel and activity costs will reimbursed
Training details: Comprehensive induction training provided including an introduction to Equal Futures, boundaries, communication and Safeguarding. In addition any specialist training related to the specific match and ongoing development and peer support sessions. All volunteers will receive one to one supervision from the Volunteer Coordinator throughout the match.