Befriender

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Description

Like meeting up with your friends on a regular basis? Christopher would like to do this too! Why not add another unique friendship to your life?
Here is Christopher’s story. He is just one of a number of our residents who would appreciate a befriender. We currently have six befriending opportunities and would love to hear from you! Christopher is 24 years old and fit and healthy and would really like to have someone to go out and about with. He likes listening to music, going for trips, playing games on the computer, swimming, cycling, bowling and going to the cinema. He really likes food too! He has a cheeky streak too, seen in our summertime water fights when he remained dry having outwitted and soaked others. 
Christopher is able to communicate his needs and wishes verbally although sometimes he may just point to things. What would you gain befriending Christopher? Existing befrienders have said …
'residents and students make me feel valued and appreciated', 'I get back a lot i.e. feeling of family and being part of community', 'I have gained more confidence in tackling new things', 'I leave everyday worry and stress behind and relax', 'I can have fun, along with a laugh knowing that I am making a positive contribution to the lives of my very special friends', 'I never stop smiling, lots of feel good stuff!'
If you would like to befriend Christopher or would like to find out about our other befriending opportunities we would love to hear from you.

Organisation aims and objectives

Camphill Blair Drummond is a home-from-home environment providing shared living, meaningful activities and friendship for people with learning disabilities in a unique family setting. We are a community of 42 residents, 35 day students, 35 international volunteers who spend up to 1 year in our community and close to 100 employees, making us the largest employer in rural Stirlingshire. At Blair Drummond everyone lives, works and grows together regardless of age, background, nationality or ability. Here you will find a vibrant environment where the enthusiasm of the people who live and work here creates a warm, friendly and supportive community where everyone’s contributions are valued and respected. We are proud of our unique, family environment where residents can live independently and in privacy whilst enjoying the support, companionship and friendship of others. Everyone here is treated with dignity and respect and we strongly believe that everyone has something to contribute.

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This is flexible; daytime, evenings or weekends and would be based on volunteers and residents availability and preferences. It could be as little as 1hr a week to 3-4 hours a month. Consistency is very important in building a lasting relationship.

Restrictions

No restrictions All volunteer roles are subject to references and PVG Police Check Drivers will need to provide relevant documentation
Experience required: Full range of life skills and experiences welcome. Sympathetic to the culture of CBD. Willing to sustain friendships Patient and empathic with a sensitiveness to the needs of those being supported Open to learning new skills A good communicator with a good sense of humour and willingness to have fun! Reliable and flexible (consistency is primary)
Travel details: Most activities take place within Stirlingshire with occasional day trips further afield. Having volunteer drivers would expand these opportunities especially during weekends and holidays. Once the befriending relationship is established outings around Stirlingshire are most likely, with very occasional day trips further afield.
Minimum age: 18

Support

Expenses paid: Yes
Expenses details: There is an Expenses Policy for Befrienders out of pocket expenses. Details on enquiry
Taster available: Yes
Taster details: All volunteer roles follow a steady introduction and induction program. This provides the volunteer, resident and support team time to get to know each other and to ensure the best match of personalities and needs. Additional support is in place until volunteers and support team feel confident. This process offers opportunities for any concerns or second thoughts to be discussed and acted on.
Training details: Volunteer Induction takes up to 3 months and includes key sessions on Safeguarding Adults with learning difficulties, Confidentiality, and Fire and Safety as well as Expenses and Driving policies. The rolling Learning and Development program provides additional sessions on Communication, Community Ethos and Community living.
Support: Named Contact For Volunteer,
Wheelchair Access/Disabled Access Toilet

Last updated 4 months ago