Befriender - Hamilton area

  • VO54902


Description

A befriender will be matched with an older person (50+) in their area that is isolated. They will spend time with them offering companionship to build their confidence and link them back into social activities.
We offer this through a befriending and a handyperson service. Many people in our community have very few visitors or people to go and see them so our volunteers spend time with someone in their local area in order to build up their confidence in getting out and about again. This may be having a coffee and getting to know each other at first and eventually linking into a group that runs locally that they can then get to independently in the future.

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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2 hours per week. Minimum Commitment: 6 months. (9am - 4:30pm) - Flexible to suit.

Restrictions

Disclosure Check (PVG) & References will be required.
Experience required: Some of the skills we look for in a volunteer are: An empathy with older people; reliable and trustworthy; being sensitive and supportive; flexible; Having a few hours spare each week; Being friendly; Being interested in people.
Travel details: Volunteering takes place within clients' homes, within Hamilton, Blantyre, Bothwell and Uddingston areas.
Minimum age: 18

Support

Expenses paid: Yes
Expenses details: Travel expenses are reimbursed (Monthly).
Training details: All volunteers are given an induction and 2 befriending training sessions as well as ongoing training such as dementia awareness, mental health awareness and others throughout volunteering role.
Support: Named Contact For Volunteer

Last updated 20 days ago