Volunteers are matched up on a one-to-one basis with a vulnerable adult. The matches meet regularly either weekly or fortnightly for a few hours at a time. The aim is to engage in purposeful activities within the community which will help to reduce social isolation and feelings of loneliness. It is also about continuing to support the adult to engage in their own community and have positive social connections.
The Shetland Befriending Scheme offers a one to one support service to young people and young adults aged between 7 and 18 and to adults aged 16+ years of age. Our volunteers support individuals who can benefit from some additional input. There are a whole range of reasons why individuals may want to be part of our scheme but all can benefit from taking part in lots of different and exciting activities in their local community.
We need references to help ensure that all volunteers are suitable to be matched on a one to one basis with a vulnerable person.
Experience required: No prior experieince, qualifications or skills required. Patience, understanding, tolerance, open-minded, non-judgemental, have the ability to motivate, ability to listen, empathy, good sense of humour, ability to try new activities and have fun.
Travel details: Shetland wide. If the volunteer has a car it can be used for outings, otherwise travel is by public transport. Travelling is considered in the matching process.
Minimum age: 17
Expenses paid: Yes
Expenses details: Yes, and reasonable activity costs.
Training details: Training sessions to be completed before match.
Support: Named Contact For Volunteer