Befriending opportunities in Morecambe
Why do we need Community Support Befrienders in Morecambe, Heysham and Overton?
Because the song lyrics ‘Bring me sunshine in your smile’ could have been written for our Befrienders.
Across Morecambe, Heysham and the Overton area, is the opportunity for volunteers to help bring their friendly, happy, smiling faces to the many socially isolated people living in those areas who are in need of Befriending.
Supported by training and supervision, this rewarding role of Community Support Befriender offers an excellent opportunity for personal development, you will be obtaining new skills and experiences as well as a chance to put something back into the community.
If you have some spare time each week that would enable you to chat and a brew with one of our clients, you could make a very substantial difference to someone’s life.
Do you have time to help?
Using their local knowledge of community services and groups, they help tackle social isolation by using their excellent interpersonal skills to establish a mutually beneficial mentoring relationship with the service user. The benefit of having a regular meeting with a Community Support Volunteer helps to increase the confidence, resilience and independence of the service user, as our Community Support Volunteers actively support, encourage and empower them to achieve specified and agreed goals and objectives.
You must be willing to go through an induction process and relevant background checks; this role is subject to an enhanced DBS check.
- Community Support Volunteers help support people who are not family or close friends
- To regularly visit the individual on a 1 : 1 basis either in their own home or a community setting
- To regularly support the individual to achieve agreed positive goals to promote their independence – The role is unique to every individual’s needs and circumstances
- To provide regular feedback on progress
- Volunteers are required to log their volunteering hours monthly and submit expenses (where applicable)on-line
- To complete minimum level training e.g. Safeguarding and commit to further training relevant to role
- Must be over 18 years of age
- Commitment of 1-2 hours minimum per week / Flexible
- Minimum commitment of 6 months is required
- Understanding of vulnerability
- It would be an advantage to have an awareness of key issues – alcohol, drug abuse, mental health etc.
- Ability to use basic ICT systems
- Be able to deal with difficult situations in a professional manner
- Good communication and interpersonal skills
- Ability to use own initiative
- Respect for equality and diversity
Training will be provided where necessary and may be in the form of peer support, distance learning or trainer led.
Volunteers must have completed the required training before any activity can be undertaken and may be asked to regularly refresh training where required.
Required Age:18 years +