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Volunteer Befriender

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Crossroads Befriending is a service for adults and older people in Fife Central, Levenmouth and North-East Fife who feel socially isolated and/or lonely.

By volunteering as a befriender you will provide a vital contact for a person, and important link to the outside world that often acts as a gateway for other services and valuable support.

Befrienders are there to support a person to build confidence and to participate in the local and wider community. It is done in a safe environment for both parties involved - for example, in the person's home or out in the local community.

If you are over 16 years of age and feel you are a positive indicidual who can offer some time to a person in your local community, please contact Crossroads Befriending.

Organisation aims and objectives

Crossroads Fife Central offers respite to carers who care for people of all ages with a disability or illness. This respite comes in the form of short breaks in the person's home or staff can take the cared for person out. This support is provided by contacting Crossroads to make a referral. The service can be purchased through direct payments, self directed support or private purchase or is free-funded by Fife Council social work department and Fife NHS - there is a waiting list for this service.










This oportunity is for a minimum of 2 hours a week over 6 months, and takes place both during term time and school holidays.


Experience required: All skills, all experiences and a positive attitude are welcome. Volunteers should be non-judgemental, respectful, empathetic, and good listeners.
Travel details: Volunteering is in your local area - it can be in the befriendee's home or in the local community. Your own car is an advantage but not a requirement. This opportunity covers Fife Central, Levenmouth and North-East Fife.
Minimum age: 16


Expenses paid: Yes
Expenses details: Expenses are paid monthly. Car travel is paid at 45p/mile, and public transport is paid upon provision of receipt. Further information on other expenses can be obtained at interview and during training.
Training details: Volunteers will initially be given an induction with three training sessions that cover such things as policy and procedures, Data Protection, boundaries, lone volunteering, communication, health and safety, and volunteer practice.
Support: Named Contact For Volunteer,
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