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Description

Volunteer Befrienders are ‘matched’ with an older person who is living independently in their own home but who is experiencing social isolation and loneliness. This may be due to bereavement, ill-health, increasing frailty or loosing contacts within their community. Volunteers will be matched with an older person close to where they live. By being a regular and reliable visitor to the older person the volunteer helps to increase confidence on staying at home and improves someone’s quality of life. A weekly or fortnightly visit of around an hour may be home visit to chat over a cuppa, do crosswords or other games, or an outing to a nearby café, shops or local beauty spot.
The activities within the befriending visit are based on the needs and wishes of the older person.

Organisation aims and objectives

K & D Befriending is a local registered charity which aims to reduce social isolation and loneliness in older people throughout Kincardine and Deeside area by matching them on a one to one basis with a volunteer befriender. A regular visit from a befriender can provide companionship, practical and emotional support and generally improve physical and mental wellbeing; in many cases, a carer also benefits from the welcome respite provided.

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Befriending Visits normally happen on a weekly basis although sometimes on a fortnightly basis. Befriending visits normally last for around a minimum of one hour but may be longer especially if they involve an outing.

Restrictions

Experience required: An interest in older people Good communication skills and ready to listen
Travel details: Befriending Visits are based at the older person’s home but often include an outing to a local café or shops. Volunteers may do only home visits, so car driving is not necessarily a requirement. We cover a wide area over Southern Aberdeen in Deeside & Deeside. In Deeside, covering from Drumoak to Ballater and includes communities of Banchory, Lumphanan, Torphins, and Aboyne. In Kincardine and Mearns, covering from Portlethen to St Cyrus this includes communities of Newtonhill, Stonehaven, Inverbervie, Johnshaven, Gourdon, Laurencekirk, Fourdon and Fettercairn.
Minimum age: 18

Support

Expenses paid: Yes
Expenses details: Volunteers can claim a mileage allowance of 45p per mile to travel to the client’s home and for any outing they have together. Volunteers can also claim for a hot drink and cake on any café visit they have with their befriendee. (note volunteers are normally matched with an older person close to where they live. A maximum of 40miles can be claimed for any visit but mileage costs should be kept lower by normally visiting local venues)
Training details: Volunteers must complete a 2 day ‘Introduction to Befriending’ training programme prior to starting as a befriender, the days are around 5 hours long. This programme will also introduce them to other befrienders and clients.
Support: Named Contact For Volunteer

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