Ready to be a Bamber Bridge Buddy?
Reaching out to have a friend, starts with first becoming a friend.
Spending just 1 or 2 hours a week as a Community Support Befriender with Lancashire Volunteer Partnership means you could be making new friends and buddies in Bamber Bridge and sharing your free time to benefit yourself and your community.
Doesn’t that sound like a wonderful thing to do?
We need Community Support Befrienders to help support those who are struggling with social isolation. The benefits of having regular meetings with a Community Support Befriender helps to increase the confidence, resilience and independence of the service user.
What would I need to do?
Companionship not practical assistance is required for this opportunity. We want you to use your local knowledge of community services and groups and spend time listening to and supporting someone to engage with them.
What’s in it for me?
The knowledge that by becoming a Community Support Befriender you are accepting the opportunity that could mark the turning point in someone’s life as well as an excellent opportunity for your own personal development. You will obtain new skills and experiences whilst putting something positive back into the community.
You must be willing to go through an induction process and relevant background checks as this role is subject to an enhanced DBS check.
Isn’t it time you became a Buddy?
- 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 must log their volunteering hours monthly and submit expenses (where applicable).
- To complete minimum level training e.g. Safeguarding and commit to further training relevant to role.
- Community Support Befrienders do NOT support family or their close friends.
- Understanding of vulnerability
- Good communication and interpersonal skills
- It would be an advantage to have an awareness of key issues – alcohol, drug abuse, mental health etc.
- Respect for equality and diversity
- Ability to use own initiative
- Be able to deal with difficult situations in a professional manner
- Must be over 18 years of age
- Commitment of 1-2 hours minimum per week / Flexible
- Minimum commitment of 6 months is required
- Ability to use basic ICT systems
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 +
This Community Support Befriender opportunity is based in the Bamber Bridge Area.
We recruit local volunteers to support their local community