The Volunteer Befriender will accompany and enable a Momentum Service User, living in Central Borders, to access and enjoy a range of social and recreational activities, while also personally gaining enjoyment from the social experiences.
The Befriender will provide companionship, conversation, driving and occasional (rarely) physical support to enable a 68 year old man to manage physical difficulties with mobility, impaired (variable) vision, fatigue (which can impair cognitive functioning) and sometimes balance issues. Examples of interests and activities are going to the cinema (he enjoys adventure and comedy rather than romance), attending rugby matches (“Southern Knights” at Melrose and internationals), book festivals and authors’ presentations, birdwatching, history, music events (especially Big Band Swing, classical and 1960’s and 70’s rock), visiting museums and galleries, discussing current affairs, going for coffee and short walks.
To assist adults and children who have sustained a brain injury to live independently and to re-integrate into thier communities. To deliver specialist training and support for adults with a brain injury who want to return to employment or further education
Experience required: The Befriender must have a mature outlook, good listening and conversation skills and a sense of humour, be keen to take part in at least some of the above activities, have a car and be able and willing to drive.
Travel details: Central Borders and travel beyond.
Expenses paid: Yes
Expenses details: Travel expenses would not be paid for the induction interview but would be paid, in addition to other reasonable expenses, once the applicant becomes a volunteer.
Taster available: Yes
Training details: Following an initial induction interview with Momentum, if the arrangement were to proceed, the Volunteer would have access to online and additional training and support through Momentum.
Support: Named Contact For Volunteer