Befriender

  • VO67427


Description

Befriending can be very rewarding. Our volunteer Befrienders are from all walks of life - retired, students, able-bodied or disabled. Once linked with a 'Befriendee', you would visit them regularly (usually on a weekly basis) to keep them company, sit and chat, play games or help get them out and about. Trips out can involve simply going along to a café for a cup There will also be regular opportunities to of tea or a longer trip (up to 3 hrs) to go shopping or to the cinema for example.

Organisation aims and objectives

Ecas is a voluntary organisation dedicated to giving friendly and practical help to physically disabled people. To achieve this Ecas does everything from running classes through to providing individual grants for holidays and equipment and supporting initiatives to bring greater freedom and independence to physically disabled people.

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2 hrs per week for min of 1 yearFlexible

Restrictions

Experience required: Ablility to listen and communicate well with wide range of people, Ability to relate well to client group, to be reliable and punctual, Honest and respectful.
Travel details: Ecas Office is based at Norton Park, 57 Albion Road, Edinburgh, EH7 5QY A short walk from London Road or No 1/No 35 bus takes you down Easter Road to Bothwell street and cross the Cranford Bridge to Norton Park. Once linked with a Befriendee, however, time would mainly be spent in the locality of where the Befriendee lives (Edinburgh). Practicalities in travelling to visit a Befriendee are always taken into consideration during the 'matching' process.
Minimum age: 18

Support

Expenses paid: Yes
Expenses details: Travel expenses will be reimbursed to the value of a current day ticket for buses or adult single fare return. Car Mileage = 40p and cyclists = 20p. Cost of small refreshments bought outside the home during Befriending visits will also be reimbursed.
Training details: All of our volunteers are provided with complete training, including disability awareness, boundaries, confidentiality, communication techniques, safety. Ongoing support provided by the Project Manager.

Last updated 2 months 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.