Distance Befrienders

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Description

Befrienders Highland is looking for volunteer befrienders who can complete our straightforward workbook training programme to then be able to offer 1-1 supported friendship to people across the Highland and Argyll and Bute. We provide friendship to people who are lonely and isolated as a result of mental ill health or are in the early stages of dementia or are carers for someone with dementia. All find opportunity for social contact limited or difficult and find the weekly social contact with someone who cares extremely valuable.

All befriending is done by Distance befriending, by telephone, letter or email. Volunteering is simple enough as you do it from home! Befrienders of all ages and backgrounds are needed from Highlands and Skye areas. We take care to introduce you to someone who shares some of your own interests so that you have something in common straight away. Enjoy your spare time, gain some valuable training and make a real difference to someones life by volunteering for up to an hour a week!

Organisation aims and objectives

Befrienders Highland is a voluntary organisation and charity that provides free one-to-one befriending service for people across the Highlands who live with mental ill health or dementia, or who care for someone living with dementia, and feel lonely and isolated either geographically or socially. Our trained volunteers offer confidential, regular social contact from which genuine friendships develop, improving the lives of our friends right across the Highlands. Befrienders Highland has been providing a valuable service since 1993. We now offer a face-to-face befriending service in Inverness and Nairn, as well as distance befriending service across the Highlands by phone, letter and email.

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2 hours per Week. Minimum Commitment: 9 Month

Restrictions

Experience required: Befrienders should enjoy building relationships with people, be accepting of others, reliable and able to work in a confidential manner.
Travel details: Volunteering takes place within the volunteers own home.
Minimum age: 18

Support

Expenses details: All agreed out-of-pocket expenses met for example phone calls and stationery.
Training details: Induction training will be a mixture of distance learning and group work (totalling 15-20 hours). The volunteer will become familiar with the role and practise of befriending in their chosen medium. Individual ongoing support is provided.
Support: Named Contact For Volunteer

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