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.
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
- Age restrictions
- DBS check required
- Training provided
- Volunteer Policy
- Volunteers covered by insurance
- Expenses reimbursed
Travel expenses can be claimed
- Equal Opportunities Policy
- Written role description
- Volunteer induction
- Ongoing support
- Health and Safety Policy
When can I volunteer?
Start Date: 09/03/2017
End Date: 08/03/2019
2 hours a week, between 9am & 5pm, Monday to Friday
This opportunity has no specific location.
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