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Befriender - Helensburgh area

  • VO80616


Description

A Befriender carries out visits to and keeps in touch with members of the RAF family (beneficiary), on behalf of the RAF Association. Befriender volunteers exist to provide companionship and outcome focused support to a beneficiary and to ensure that they remain part of the community and feel socially connected to the wider RAF family.
The role of a Befriender is varied and could involve helping out with practical tasks such as driving someone to a doctor’s appointment, it could simply involve a cup of tea and a chat or it could be to accompany them to their first meeting of an interest group in their community.

Organisation aims and objectives

A life of service in the RAF can include experiencing some distressing situations and moving around a lot. So, many of our veterans and serving personnel don’t have a close network of friends and family around them to help them through difficult times. Active service can lead not only to physical injury, but also to ongoing mental health issues. It’s our job to make sure nobody who has served in the RAF – or their immediate families – feels abandoned when they’re most in need.

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Restrictions

PVG required
Experience required: Caring and empathetic, with the ability to build a rapport with others and put them at ease, through a friendly and sensitive approach; Good listeners and communicators; Reliable and dependable; Able to put people who may be anxious or worried, at their ease; Aware of some local social groups the beneficiary could get involved in or be able to research this for them
Travel details: The opportunity can happen at a mutually agreed location, however is usually at the beneficiaries home.
Minimum age: 18

Support

Expenses paid: Yes
Training details: One day training required, costs covered by the organisation

Last updated 19 days ago