Befriending Volunteer required – Oakenhurst

We are seeking a Befriending volunteer to support an older male who lives in Independent Living, in the Oakenhurst area of Blackburn. Helping him to take part in meaningful activities in the Blackburn area. Activities include meeting for a coffee and a chat, going for short walks in the local area and accompanying him when shopping.

This person would benefit from someone who has patience and good listening skills as he has speech difficulties (Stutter), most prominent when he is nervous. He also has a dog, but usually keeps him in a separate room when people visit his flat. The benefits of him having a befriender would be to raise his confidence and self-esteem especially when out in public.

Community Support Befrienders use their local knowledge of community services and groups, spend time listening to and supporting someone to increase their confidence, resilience and independence.

By becoming a Befriender, you are accepting the opportunity that could mark the turning point in someone’s life. Supported by training, the rewarding role of befriending offers an excellent opportunity for personal development by obtaining new skills and experiences as well as a chance to put something back into the community.

You must be willing to go through an induction process and relevant background checks; this role is subject to an enhanced DBS check.

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  • 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 log their 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 role

Required Qualities:

  • Dog friendly
  • Over 18 years of age
  • Respect for equality and diversity
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills
  • Be able to deal with difficult situations in a professional manner
  • Ability to use own initiative
  • It would be an advantage to have an awareness of key issues e.g. mental health etc.
  • Understanding of vulnerability
  • Commitment of 1-2 hours minimum per week / Flexible
  • Minimum commitment of 6 months is required
  • 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 +


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This opportunity is based around the Oakenhurst area.
We endeavour to recruit people who will by becoming a Befriender help to support their local community.

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If you are interested in this opportunity please contact the Volunteer Co-ordinator for a chat, or click apply now.

Email: Lancashire Volunteer Partnership

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