To provide long or short term support to older
people (typically ages 70+) who are lonely and isolated. Working with people to
achieve their individual goals, improve health and wellbeing and supporting
them to make positive changes to their lives.
Types of support:
· Face to face long term support through befriending and home visiting – motivating and supporting people who may require one-to-one ongoing support, to engage in their local community. This may include going to the cinema, out for a coffee, go for a walk, and join a local group or visiting someone at home for company and conversation, reading the paper, playing a game or using a computer.
· Short Term mentoring support to rebuild confidence after a period in hospital, period of ill health or have moved into a new area
· Telephone support
Activities vary according to each individual and between long and term support.
You will be linked to a local Befriending Coordinator for regular updates and will be required to provide a brief record of visits and times.
You will be provided with information on our policies and procedures especially regarding Volunteering, Health and Safety, Confidentially and Safeguarding.
· Good communication skills
· Reliability and commitment
· Car owner/ driver – desirable but not essential depending on area that you live
· Ability to encourage and motivate people
· Have empathy and patience and support people making their own decisions
Attending Induction training is essential prior to supporting an individual.
Ideally 2 hours per week at a time that suits you. Volunteers needed in Runnymede and Spelthorne in postcodes: TW15-TW20, KT15, KT16, GU25
Submit a quick enquiry to express your interest in this opportunity.