Volunteers receive a "feel good factor" and a sense of satisfaction helping others, opportunity to give something back to the community, to gain experience which may be useful if later seeking a career in caring. The service user gains contact with the outside community, befriender visits and spends quality time with user providing stimulation and conversation. The befriender may take the user out, where this might not otherwise be possible.
To bring friendship to socially isolated older people and bereaved people of any age living in Monifieth.
Not considered suitable for under 18's to visit unsupervised.
Experience required: The main criteria is a caring person who is interested in others.
Travel details: In the home of the older person or bereaved person in Monifieth or on outings within the local community, if the client is physically able to go out.
Minimum age: 18
Expenses paid: Yes
Expenses details: Travel expenses reimbursed - bus fares or petrol currently 40p per mile.
Taster available: Yes
Taster details: People interested in volunteering with us would be welcome to come along and meet some of our volunteers at our monthly volunteer meeting on the first Friday of each month. ‘Buddying’ a volunteer may also be arranged.
Training details: Training covers confidentiality,boundaries, safety, communication/listening skills, organic impairment, mytha about ageing.
Support: Named Contact For Volunteer,
Wheelchair Access/Disabled Access Toilet