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Befriender Volunteer for RAF - Daventry Area

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Right now, there are RAF veterans in the Whitstable area who are lonely and isolated. As a Befriender Volunteer, you could step in to change that. It wouldn't take much of your time and it's a great way to use your skills, give something back and feel good. 

The Royal Air Forces Association (or RAF Association), is a member-led, registered welfare charity that provides welfare support to Serving and Ex-Serving RAF personnel and their families.

The Befriender role is at the heart of the RAF Association's objectives in delivering welfare support to members of the RAF family requiring it.

The aim of the Befriender role is to help alleviate isolation and loneliness, by giving time to listen to people either in person or over the phone and to encourage communication on a shared interest or topic, to ensure that the beneficiary remains part of the community and feels socially connected.

The role of a Befriender is varied and could involve helping out with practical tasks such as driving someone to a doctor's appointment, it could simply involve a cup of tea and a chat or it could be to accompany them to their first meeting of an interest group in their community.

Timing expectation:

Befriender volunteers are asked to commit to:

  • One day of initial training, which is provided free of charge and for which travel expenses will be reimbursed.
  • As much time as you can offer to the role. Each visit to a beneficiary would be around one to two hours, or more if desired by both parties, this can be either a short or long term support package.


Skills

Befriender volunteers need to be:

  • Caring and empathetic, with the ability to build a rapport with others and put them at ease, through a friendly and sensitive approach
  • Good listeners and communicators
  • Reliable and dependable
  • Able to put people who may be anxious or worried, at their ease
  • Aware of some local social groups the beneficiary could get involved in or be able to research this for them


Practical Considerations:

  • Befriender volunteers will need to be 18 years of age or over and be prepared to undertake an Enhanced DBS check, which is required for this role.
  • Befriender volunteers are required to attend a one day training course which is free and for which expenses will be paid.
  • All volunteers should be able to work in a non-judgemental and professional manner.
  • Out of pocket expenses will be reimbursed in line with the RAF Association volunteering and expenses policies.

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Interests

  • Mental Health

Activities

  • Supporting People and Befriending

Details

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

When do I need to be available?

Start Date: 08/03/2021

End Date: 08/03/2022

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Morning No No No No No No No
Afternoon No No No No No No No
Evening No No No No No No No

Availability Details

Flexible to suit

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