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Breathing Space Volunteer Befrienders

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Breathing Space is a project for people diagnosed with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and their unpaid Carers. We work alongside special Respiratory Nurses, Wellbeing Practitioners and GP's in providing a holistic support service which covers lung health as well as wider wellbeing. We are looking for Volunteer Befrienders who are able to support people who have breathing difficulties and enable them to have someone to talk to on a regular basis. This can be provided in various way dependent on the volunteer and how involved they want to be - this can be: By telephone Within the Client's home Helping people to access social visits outside of their home particularly when they may be feeling anxious about doing so The role can be very flexible - as well as rewarding it's an opportunity to help others and work within a lively supportive team.


We are looking for honest, reliable, confident and friendly volunteers who are interested in other people and can understand the frustrations of living with a long-term chronic condition. Good communication skills, empathy and understanding, flexible and non-judgemental. Training and ongoing support provided.


  • Accessibility
    Where appropriate - volunteers may also be working from their own homes
  • Age restrictions
    18 plus
  • 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?

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Availability Details

The role can be very flexible

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  • No specific interest


  • Supporting People and Befriending

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