Volunteer Befriender

As a volunteer befriender your role will be to provide social companionship to patients who have a chronic or life limiting illness and are lonely and isolated. You will be visiting the patients in their own homes. In building a trusting relationship you can help to restore emotional well-being, confidence and feelings of self-worth.

Regular social companionship can often help decrease the number of GP visits/phone calls a patient might make, and in some cases lessen the number of hospital admissions. Volunteer befrienders are a vital link between the patient and the health professional, safeguarding early intervention if/where necessary.

Skills

Warmth, an ability to engage in relationships

• non-judgemental, accepting a person for who they are

• respecting others as being of equal worth

• good interpersonal skills, in particular listening skills

• an ability to handle a level of stress


Details

  • Age restrictions
    !8 +
  • DBS check required
  • Training provided
  • Volunteer Policy
  • Volunteers covered by insurance
  • Expenses reimbursed
    Travel expenses can be claimed
  • Equal Opportunities Policy
  • Written role description
  • Accessibility
  • Volunteer induction
  • Ongoing support
  • Health and Safety Policy

When can I volunteer?

Start Date: 09/03/2017

End Date: 08/03/2019

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Availability Details

2 hours a week, between 9am & 5pm, Monday to Friday


Location

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