Charity registered in Scotland
Befrienders Highland is a voluntary organisation and charity that provides free one-to-one befriending service for people across the Highlands who live with mental ill health or dementia, or who care for someone living with dementia, and feel lonely and isolated either geographically or socially.
Our trained volunteers offer confidential, regular social contact from which genuine friendships develop, improving the lives of our friends right across the Highlands.
Befrienders Highland has been providing a valuable service since 1993. We now offer a face-to-face befriending service in Inverness and Nairn, as well as distance befriending service across the Highlands by phone, letter and email.
Could you spare up to an hour a week to befriend someone? offering social contact to someone experiencing mental ill health, by meeting them for a coffee, or go to a group together or the cinema, for example? Befrienders Highland offers 1-1 befriending services to people (befrienders') experiencing mental ill health. Friendships take place between the befriended and a trained volunteer, and are offered face-to-face, in public places in Inverness and Nairn. Services are available across the whole Highland Region and Argyll and Bute for people aged 18+ who have experience of mental ill health. people can choose either Face to Face meetings (Inverness, Nairn and Caithness only) or Telephone; letter or Email befriending whichever best suits their needs. However, we specifically looking for 'face to face' volunteers in the Inverness and Nairn areas, due to the demand for this type of service at the present time.
The aim of the friendship is to reduce loneliness and isolation; increase confidence and self esteem and create a greater sense of belonging in local communities. Our friendships focus on a recovery model, using the Refocus model, which helps support our Friends to build confidence and to take our friends to have hope for the future and enables our coordinators and volunteers to work alongside them to grow and live as well as possible, with or without symptoms.
We are specifically seeking people to Volunteer Befrienders in Inverness and Nairn who are compassionate, sensitive, reliable and friendly people who would like a volunteering position which provides them with an opportunity to help someone through the power of friendship and social contact.
Examples of social contact might include a cup of coffee, nature walk or go to the cinema. Volunteer are matched on their interests, backgrounds and hobbies and will therefore have things in common with the person they befriend.
Volunteers are supported through comprehensive training process and provided with ongoing support from their Coordinator.
Could you spare up to an hour a week to befriend someone? Offering social contact to someone experiencing mental ill health, memory difficulties or are a carer?
Befrienders Highland offers 1-1 befriending services to people (befriendees) experiencing mental ill health, memory difficulties or are a carer. Friendships take place between the befriendee and a trained volunteer, and are offered either face-to-face (in public places in Inverness, Nairn and Wick), over the phone or via e-mail/letter. The aim of the friendship is to reduce loneliness and isolation; increase confidence and self esteem and create a greater sense of belonging in local communities. We are looking for compassionate, sensitive, reliable and friendly people seeking a volunteering position which provides them with an opportunity to help someone through the power of friendship and social contact. Examples of social contact might include: a cup of coffee, nature walk or a 'good natter' on the telephone. Volunteers are matched on their interests, background and hobbies and will therefore have things in common with the person they befriend. Volunteers are supported through a comprehensive training process and provided with ongoing support from their Coordinator.
Befrienders Highland is looking for volunteer befrienders who can complete our straightforward workbook training programme to then be able to offer 1-1 supported friendship to people across the Highland and Argyll and Bute. We provide friendship to people who are lonely and isolated as a result of mental ill health or are in the early stages of dementia or are carers for someone with dementia. All find opportunity for social contact limited or difficult and find the weekly social contact with someone who cares extremely valuable.
All befriending is done by Distance befriending, by telephone, letter or email. Volunteering is simple enough as you do it from home! Befrienders of all ages and backgrounds are needed from Highlands and Skye areas. We take care to introduce you to someone who shares some of your own interests so that you have something in common straight away. Enjoy your spare time, gain some valuable training and make a real difference to someones life by volunteering for up to an hour a week!
Home volunteers to become distance Befrienders throughout highlands, communication done through ,post,e-mail or telephone. Training & ongoing support given.
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29th November 2016
Befrienders Highland has seen a 60% increase in referrals for people who are lonely and isolated and needing someone to talk to. We urgently need new volunteers who can offer an hour or two of their time each week to chat to someone on a social basis. Your vital friendship can …