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Description

The main aim of Volunteer Befrienders is to reduce the social isolation of an older person by providing regular and agreed home visits. Volunteer befrienders are needed to visit an older person at an agreed time weekly/fortnightly for a minimum of one hour. Whenever possible, volunteers are matched with an older person with similar interests. The Volunteer Co-ordinator provides an introduction and remains in close contact with both the befriender and older person to cement the friendship.

Organisation aims and objectives

We aim to provide for the welfare of older people living in the North West Rural Areas of Edinburgh and provide support and information to all carers. We do this by providing daycare, a befriending service, information resource for older people and work with carers by providing a carer support and information service.

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2 hours per fortnight. Minimum Commitment: 6 months.Flexible

Restrictions

Experience required: Patience, a good sense of humour and an interest in meeting people.
Travel details: This opportunity takes place in South Queensferry, Dalmeny, Kirkliston, Newbridge, Ratho Station and Ratho. Out of pocket expenses are paid to volunteers.
Minimum age: 18

Support

Expenses paid: Yes
Expenses details: Mileage rate of 40p per mile or public transport costs and other out of pocket expenses can be claimed weekly or monthly.
Training details: History of QCCC, Volunteer Policy, confidentiality, boundaries and support.
Support: Named Contact For Volunteer

Last updated 4 months ago