Who are our volunteers?
We have a small core team of staff yet we are able to offer a valuable and effective befriending service to older people due to the commitment and efforts of our increasing and dedicated team of excellent volunteers, without whom we would cease to function.
We are very fortunate to have volunteers of all ages (18 to 80’s) who give an hour or so a week. They come from all walks of life, different professions and experiences and all are, without question, exceptional.
What do our volunteers do?
Our volunteers meet with their friend on a regular basis and at a time that suits them both. They can choose to do activities that both enjoy. Often if the friend is frail and not able to go out, the volunteer will go to the friend’s home and they will have a chat and cuppa together. Some matches (ie the volunteer and friend) go out for coffee or to the shops. Other matches have been known to sit and knit together, or play cards/board games. The fact that the meetings are regular and reliable is very important to the friend who may not have a lot of other activities going on.
Our volunteers can expect to receive:
Regular training and on-going development
Regular supervision and plenty of support
Opportunity to participate in optional peer support activities and training
Satisfaction knowing you are doing something invaluable with a little spare time
Knowledge that you are helping improve another person’s quality of life
Personal development of communication skills and confidence
Improved CV and career opportunities
Enjoyment meeting new people and developing meaningful relationships
Sounds great, how do I sign up?
To ask about becoming a volunteer befriender you can phone us on 01224 712808 and we will send you out an application form by post or email. Alternatively you can download one here and email it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Once we have received your completed application an appointment will then be arranged for the befriending co-ordinator to take your application further.