My Favourite biscuit is….
Some conversations are based around the simplest themes like our favourite biscuits or choices of songs, films, hobbies and that’s because all of these things mean something to us, they are part of who we are, they have importance.
We have people who would like to have a Befriender to share these details with, people who would really value the opportunity to have a conversation with someone.
That’s why we are asking you to become a Community Support Befriender with us, this opportunity covers Garstang, Fleetwood, Poulton and Thornton Cleveleys areas.
By becoming a Community Support Befriender you would be 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.
Using their local knowledge of community services and groups, our Community Support Befrienders help to support people who are not their family or close friends to help tackle issues like social isolation, they do this by establishing a mutually beneficial mentoring relationship with the service user. The benefit of having a regular meeting helps to increase the confidence, resilience and independence of the service user, who is encouraged and empowered to achieve specified and agreed goals and objectives.
So if you have an hour or two free every week and would like to support one of our service users please apply, who knows there may even be a biscuit and a brew!
- 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 are asked to log their volunteering hours monthly and submit expenses on-line.
- To complete minimum level training e.g. Safeguarding and commit to further training relevant to role.
- Understanding of vulnerability
- Respect for equality and diversity
- Be able to deal with difficult situations in a professional manner
- Good communication and interpersonal Skills
- Ability to use own initiative
- Must be 18 years of age or over.
- Commitment of 1 – 2 hours minimum per week / flexible
- Minimum commitment of 6 months is required
- Ability to use basic ICT system to log volunteering hours / Training
- It would be an advantage to have an awareness of key issues i.e. alcohol, drug, abuse, mental health
Training will be provided 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.
This role is subject to an enhanced DBS check.
Required Age:18 years +
This opportunity covers the Garstang, Fleetwood, Poulton and Thornton Cleveleys areas.
We endeavour to recruit local people to support their local community.