Befrienders Highland is looking for befrienders to take part in a new befriending scheme to offer friendship to people who are homebound or rurally isolated, and are unable to get out to make new friends. A befriender can give someone the chance to enjoy friendship, albeit at a distance. Volunteering is simple enough as you do it from home! All you need is either a telephone, or email, or a letter box, and a wish to make a new friend!
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.
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 volunteer's own home
Minimum age: 18
Expenses details: Yes
Training details: Volunteers will take part in a distance learning preparation course which usually takes around 15 hours to complete. Volunteers are supported by the co-ordinator and can participate in volunteer support meetings.
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