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EL Carer Befriending Service

  • VO67440


Description

Our Carer Befriending Service aims to breakdown the isolation experienced by carers in providing them with a volunteer befriender. The role is flexible, allowing the volunteer and carer to negotiate when and where, and how often, they will meet. What they do in that time depends on what the carer needs from the relationship. This may involve joining in an activity, going for a walk or to the cinema or just having time for a chat and coffee in a local cafe.

Organisation aims and objectives

The Eric Liddell Centre, situated at Holy Corner in Edinburgh, provides a registered day care service for people with a diagnosis of dementia and a programme for carers including a befriending service and short breaks through a range of courses and events held throughout the city. The Centre also offers excellent office accommodation for small charities or organisations and quality meeting facilities for a range of educational, health, arts & culture, charitable, community and children's groups in its conveniently located premises at the heart of the community.

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1 hour per week. Flexible. Befriending partnerships are normally limited to one year.

Restrictions

Experience required: We are looking for outgoing individuals who are friendly, patient and supportive. People who enjoy spending time with others and are chatty and sensitive would be encouraged to apply.
Travel details: Befrienders and carers arrange to meet at an agreed location. The time and location are flexible depending on what the carer needs from the relationship and may involve joining in activities, going to a day / evening class, going for a walk or to the cinema or just meeting in a café and having a chat.
Minimum age: 21

Support

Expenses paid: Yes
Expenses details: Some expenses are paid on request on receipt of a completed claim form.
Training details: Volunteers will go through an induction process including a thorough understanding of carer needs and receive ongoing support throughout their volunteering commitment.
Support: Named Contact For Volunteer,
Wheelchair Access/Disabled Access Toilet

Last updated 2 months ago