Befriender / Peer Befriender

  • VO55280


Description

A good befriending relationship can be as beneficial for the befriender and the befriendee. It is the need of everyone to have company and companionship in our life. If you can spare 2 hours per week to be a volunteer Companion/befriender, supporting older people in Dundee then please read on. There are many older people with limited family support, wanting social contact. This could be someone to talk to; share a joke or gossip with; share hobbies or interests; go for a walk; visit a local café.

We are looking for volunteers, both male and female, who are friendly and tolerant with good communication skills and the ability to listen to others. A creative person who can come up with interesting ideas to overcome barriers, for example physical disability, reduced verbal communication skills, or the onset of dementia.

Make a difference to somebodies life.

Organisation aims and objectives

Caledonia Housing Association provides sustainable homes and a range of services for its tenants. The majority of its tenants are older people, from retirement age up. The volunteer programme is designed to support services for older people or those disadvantaged through disability or ill-health, living in the Dundee area.

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Average time of 2 hours per week or fortnight – agreed between the befriender & Befriendee.

Restrictions

Experience required: We are looking for friendly and caring people who can communicate well. We are looking for creative people who will come up with interesting ideas of satisfying the befriendee’s needs and overcome any barriers.
Travel details: Caledonia Housing Association will provide volunteers for other organisations so the location can be anywhere throughout Dundee. We will try to select a befriendee who lives as near to the befriender as possible . An ability to travel is important and having your own transport would be good.
Minimum age: 18

Support

Expenses paid: Yes
Expenses details: Travel expenses can be provided for the journey to and from the location of volunteering. For public transport and car users - (mileage rates for cars is 0.45p per mile)
Taster available: Yes
Taster details: The Volunteer and possible befriendee will have a supervised introduction meeting to see if their personalities are compatible and both parties agree with the match.
Training details: There will be induction training provided. This will include general information on Caledonia Housing Association – Information on Health & Safety – and specific Befriender training to help you in your task. There will be regular support meetings.
Support: Named Contact For Volunteer,
Wheelchair Access/Disabled Access Toilet

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