CSB – Time to listen and reminisce – Lancaster
Do you have time to listen and share reminiscing stories?
A Community Support Befriending volunteer is required for a female in her 80’s who lives in Lancaster.
She is very sociable and enjoys telling her stories, and showing photos of her past, and would like to have a friendly visitor to share them with. She would also like her volunteer to help her increase her confidence with using a stair lift at her home and provide her with the emotional support so she can go outside, which will then help her to engage with the local community.
Car not essential.
Goals for this placement are: To help reduce loneliness and increase social contact. To provide confidence with going outside of home and to help her feel part of her community.
The visits will take place once a week for at least an hour.
The time is flexible to be agreed with the applicant.
Could you be that person?
Volunteers actively support, encourage, and empower their person to achieve the 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. Their role is to provide companionship.
This post is subject to a DBS check
- 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 the progress of the individual via an on-line computer system.
- 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
- 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 +
This opportunity is in the Lancaster Area.
We would like to recruit a local volunteer to help support their local community.