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PURPOSE OF THE POSITION To enable individuals with a caring responsibility for a husband, wife, partner, relative or friend to take some time outside of their caring role. The volunteer will be supporting the looked after person whilst their main carer is away.

RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES Befriend an individual in their own home environment through as required or regular visits. The role of befriender does not involve providing personal care, undertaking cooking, shopping or any other domestic duties.

Update records of contact you have with the person you are befriending.

Attend occasional support meetings in either the North or South of the county.

If you have any concerns during the befriending visit (for example to do with adult safeguarding) to report them to and seek advice from the Volunteer Co-ordinator for the service.


For this role you will need to be at least 18 years old and have the following skills: ' Understanding ' Patience ' Good communication skills ' Flexibility Whilst previous experience is not essential it may prove helpful to this role if you have: ' Worked in the caring professions, for example, social care, social work or nursing. ' A common shared interest with the person you are befriending. ' Have skills that are transferable from either work or life experience.

COMMITMENT EXPECTED It is anticipated that for this role you would be able to commit between 2 and 3 hours a week between the hours of 9 am and 5 pm Monday to Friday. As a volunteer should you be unable to undertake a planned visit, you would be required to inform the volunteer coordinator as soon as possible.

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  • Children
  • Health and Social Care
  • Older People
  • Young People


  • Supporting People and Befriending


  • Age restrictions
  • DBS check required
  • Equal Opportunities Policy
  • Expenses reimbursed
  • Health and Safety Policy
  • Ongoing support
  • Training provided
  • Volunteer induction
  • Volunteer Policy
  • Volunteers covered by insurance
  • Written role description


This opportunity can be carried out whilst working from home.

When do I need to be available?

Start Date: 08/01/2020

End Date: 14/07/2020

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Morning Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Afternoon Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Evening Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

Availability Details

various by arrangement agreement

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