Befriending Support opportunity
We have a female who would like support to help her to access the activities taking place in her local area. She has macular degeneration and is in her 90’s. This female has always been independent and worked all her life to support her family. She would like some company once a week.
This opportunity would best suit a female.
Volunteer can choose to go on a Monday, Thursday or on a Friday.
Why do we need befrienders?
Right now in your neighbourhood are people in need of Community Support Befriending, if you have an hour or two spare each week and want to help, please consider applying to this opportunity.
Volunteers actively support, encourage, and empower their person to achieve specified and agreed goals and objectives. They use local knowledge of community services and groups to help increase the person’s confidence, resilience and independence.
This post is subject to a DBS check
- To regularly visit the individual on a 1 : 1 basis either in their own home or in 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 the progress of the individual.
- To log volunteering hours monthly and submit expenses where applicable via an on-line computer system.
- To complete minimum level training e.g. safeguarding and commit to further training relevant to the role.
- Must be over 18 years of age
- This opportunity would best suit a female.
- Our Community Support Befrienders do not work with people who are family or close friends
- Commitment of 1-2 hours minimum per week / flexible
- Minimum commitment of 6 months is required
- Understanding of vulnerability
- Understanding and awareness of key issues that can affect lives i.e. mental health issues, misuse of substances -alcohol, drug abuse, 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 +
We recruit local volunteers to support their local community