Have you heard?
Have you heard?…….
Sharing our views with other people about the latest trends, TV shows, the news, sport, or even the latest gossip is one of life’s simple pleasures but for some people, who have become isolated, it’s not possible.
We have a female who loves reading and listening to music, and she would love the opportunity to have a conversation with someone. That’s why we are asking if you live in the Goosnargh area and have time to share, listen and chat, would you like to become a Community Support Befriender to chat with and support her.
This Befriending role is about companionship it is not to provide practical assistance. Community Support Volunteers actively support, encourage and empower the client to achieve specified and agreed goals and objectives. The benefit of having a regular meeting with a Community Support Volunteer helps to increase the confidence, resilience and independence of the service user.
Days and times of the visits, usually just 1-2 hours a week, will be covered with the volunteer following application.
- Community Support Volunteers help to support people who are not family or close friends to help tackle social isolation issues.
- 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.
- All volunteers must log their volunteering hours monthly and submit expenses where applicable on-line.
- To complete minimum level training e.g. safeguarding and commit to further training relevant to role
- Respect for equality and diversity
- Must be over 18 years of age
- Understanding of vulnerability
- It would be an advantage to have an awareness of key issues – alcohol, drug abuse, mental health etc.
- Good communication, listening and interpersonal skills
- Be able to deal with difficult situations in a professional manner
- Ability to use own initiative
- Ability to use basic ICT systems
- Commitment of 1-2 hours minimum per week / Flexible
- Minimum commitment of 6 months is required
Volunteers must have completed the required training before any activity can be undertaken and may be asked to regularly refresh training where required. Training will be provided in the form of distance eLearning or trainer led.
Required Age:18 years +
This opportunity is based in the Goosnargh Area.
We endeavour to recruit local people to become volunteers so that they can help to support their local community.