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Become a Volunteer Befriender to help older people 65+ who are frail, lonely and isolated in their own home. You will provide much needed companionship with the opportunity to connect with the local community.  

The reality is, not everyone has a family or friend support network that they can rely on for guidance and advice to help them through difficult times. Volunteers can help fill this gap by offering free time and providing support. Volunteers will help over a long period of time, helping to build trust and a relationship.  

Volunteer befrienders make regular visits, once a week, to an older person and look to build friendships, offer support, and help people to feel less isolated socially. Volunteers and residents are matched, and this takes on board person-centred support including individual's interests, skills, and experiences. 

If you have any questions about volunteering with us or would like to have an informal chat about the role before you apply, please contact the office on 01933 315 555.

Just imagine what a difference you could make by giving an hour or so of your time to chat to someone. No personal care or cleaning would be involved, just companionship. Why not spend your time reading to someone, listening to someone or simply laughing with someone. Available in East Northants, Wellingborough, Kettering and Corby.

Skills

  • Being available to volunteer for a minimum of one hour per week
  • Building a sensitive and caring relationship with the service user
  • Spending time with the service user and engaging in activities that are mutually agreed upon (i.e. chatting, playing a board game, watching TV)
  • Being understanding rather than judgmental about a service user’s situation or circumstances
  • Respecting the confidentiality of service users at all times
  • Establishing and maintaining appropriate boundaries
  • Attending induction training and participation in ongoing training activities/networking meetings
  • Respecting different cultural values and working in a non-discriminatory manner
  • Meeting the Befriending Coordinator for feedback and support
  • Informing the Befriending Coordinator of any concerns about the service user

Details

  • Age restrictions
    Volunteers must be 18 and over
  • DBS check required
  • Equal Opportunities Policy
    Upon request
  • Expenses reimbursed
  • Health and Safety Policy
    Upon Request
  • Ongoing support
  • Training provided
  • Volunteer induction
  • Volunteer Policy
    Upon request
  • Written role description
    Upon request

Location

This opportunity is available Countywide.

When do I need to be available?

Start Date: 03/06/2021

End Date: 03/06/2023

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Register your Interest

Interests

  • No specific interest
  • Older People

Activities

  • Support and Information

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