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Befriender

  • VO61347


Description

The aim of ‘Friends’ is to help improve the quality of life for our customers and address loneliness and social isolation. We are looking for friendly, outgoing and organised volunteers who will provide a safe, consistent and reliable support service to help customers experience companionship/social interaction on a regular basis either on the telephone, in customers homes or on group outings. You will spend time with your befriendee and simply chat, listen and discuss various topics of interest making the service fun and interesting. You will also have to provide project staff with information on how the time spent with befriendee is going and attend volunteer meetings.

Timings - by arrangement. Please enquire.

Organisation aims and objectives

Our aim is to support older people to live independently at home. Our preventative services address the difficulty older people face getting their weekly grocery shopping, doing jobs around the house and the growing isolation that comes with failing health. We also aim to provide a wide range of supported volunteering opportunities for people of all ages and ability and these include shopper, driver, delivery assistant and office assistant.

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Commitment varies for each volunteer depending on availability, it can be as little as an hour a week or fortnight. Group outings can last up to 7 hours maximum.

Restrictions

Experience required: Befrienders need to be friendly, sociable and patient people with a caring manner. You must be motivated, reliable, trustworthy and an enthusiatic individual who can be responsive and flexible on delivering positive outcomes and experiences for the befriendee. Good verbal communication skills are required as well as being a people person with a sense of humour who can adapt to any situation and changing people behaviour.
Minimum age: 16

Support

Expenses paid: Yes
Expenses details: Public transport paid, mileage rates paid.
Training details: In-house befriending training will be given, 6 weekly volunteer meetings to provide support and training.
Support: Named Contact For Volunteer,
Wheelchair Access/Disabled Access Toilet

Last updated 14 days ago

Please note, organisations are currently experiencing a large volume of enquiries from people looking to help out. They may not always be able to meet this demand so please be patient, you may not receive a quick response or be assigned to a role.