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COVID-19 Distance befriender volunteer

  • VO83497
  • Home-based volunteering


Description

To befriend someone within your community who may be feeling lonely and isolated during these challenging times. This may be via a telephone / letter writing or other means of communication such as Skype/Whatsapp, video call, etc. The service is part of the Hands on Project and is being delivered due to home visits being postponed due to current circumstances

Distance Telephone calls
Volunteers will be matched with clients to provide a regular, weekly 15-30 minutes of friendly chat to a person over the age of 50 who is feeling lonely due to the current situation. This may expand when both parties get to know each other a bit better.

People Hard of Hearing
If a person is hard of hearing and struggling to hear conversations on the phone, we can offer a befriending writing service if both volunteer and client are happy with this situation.

Social Media befriending
If a client and volunteer have experience and are comfortable using video social media such as WhatsApp, we will endeavour to carry out a match in this way.

Volunteer will be asked to complete a recruitment process of application form, providing 2 references, completing a satisfactory Disclosure Scotland PVG application, a 40 minutes online training course and answering set questions and communicating with LEAP staff on a regular basis.
Code: CRV

Organisation aims and objectives

The Hands on Project provides Befriending and in-house practical assistance for the elderly, disabled and those who are housebound. Volunteers from the local community are recruited and trained to carry out the tasks requested and are supported by a Volunteer Development Officer.

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Short Term Only during the pandemic period, however may be extended or opportunity to become a home visit volunteer, as and when restrictions change.. We are asking for a minimum of 20 minutes every week, however this is just a guide and can be longer.

Frequency and commitment details

We are asking for a minimum of 20 minutes every week, however this is just a guide and can be longer.

Restrictions

Making telephone calls from volunteer’s home address
Experience required: Be able to build good relationship with the clients · help the client feel relaxed and build confidence · acknowledge positive skills and qualities that the client may have · encourage clients to get more involved with community as appropriate · maintain good communication with LEAP staff · attend training and review meetings when required · complete relevant paperwork and provide feedback on befriending telephone calls
Travel details: No travel required
Minimum age: 18

Support

Expenses paid: Yes
Expenses details: Some telephone user costs maybe be payable but this will be discussed during initial chat between the volunteer and Leap staff.
Taster available: Yes
Training details: Volunteer will be asked to complete a recruitment process of application form, providing 2 references, completing a satisfactory Disclosure Scotland PVG application, a 40 minutes online training course and answering set questions and communicating with LEAP staff on a regular basis
Support: Named Contact For Volunteer

Last updated 5 days ago

Please note, organisations are currently experiencing a large volume of enquiries from people looking to help out. They may not always be able to meet this demand so please be patient, you may not receive a quick response or be assigned to a role.