Male Community Support Befriender – Rossendale
Why do we need Community Support Befrienders?
There are people in our local communities who require a supportive companion to help them. The benefits of their having regular meetings with a Community Support Befriender helps to increase their confidence, resilience and independence to help tackle their social isolation and achieve specified and agreed goals and objectives.
What would you need to do?
We are seeking a male volunteer to visit a young male client in his late 20’s who resides in the New Church area of Rossendale. The individual is seeking companionship and someone to go out and participate in activities with him. Ideally, they would like to speak to someone outside of their family and care team with whom they can build a friendship. The volunteer would visit or call the client once a week, with the most suitable day and time decided between themselves.
The client uses a wheelchair and has a full care team, which means that they can organise their own transport for any activities. The volunteer would need to be flexible, as visits would vary between 1:1 in the client’s home, on the telephone, and occasionally going out to cinema or bowling, etc.
The client is interested in performing arts, politics, the British monarchy, modern history, and enjoys reading. They have also done campaigns in the past for disabled children and young people.
What’s in it for you?
By becoming a Befriender you are accepting the opportunity that could mark the turning point in someone’s life. This rewarding role 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.
- To regularly talk to or 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 must 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
- Must be over 18 years of age
- Must have lived in the UK for 3+ years
- CSB do not support family or close friends
- 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 in the form of 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.
This role is subject to an enhanced DBS check.
Required Age:18 years +
Within the Rossendale area