What is befriending?
Face to face befriending: where a volunteer befriender visits an older person in their home, every week, perhaps for a cup of tea and a chat, or accompany then to an activity (such as a trip to a café or the theatre). In some cases, a volunteer may accompany the older person to occasion hospital or doctor’s appointments.
All befrienders are volunteers who undergo DBS check, safeguarding and first aid training. They are then individually matched, as far as possible, to the hobbies and interests of the beneficiaries.
Role of the befriender
To visit socially isolated housebound people in their homes on a regular basis to provide conversational activity and friendship aiming to prevent/relieve loneliness.
|Where:||South Liverpool locality|
|Commitment:||Must be able to visit regularly probably on weekly or fortnightly basis.
Agreeable to initial and on-going training as necessary.
|Duration:||Several months commitment or ideally longer.|
Disclosure (DBS formerly CRB) clearance this will be arranged by Woolton Community life.
Undertake induction and training
|What’s in it for you:||To encourage social engagement and prevent loneliness
|Why we want you:||Many people, particularly the elderly, struggle to attend social/ leisure activities due to mobility issues access to public transport etc this is a barrier to social inclusion & a cause of loneliness and isolation and poor health. Volunteering to visit people will help to provide human contact and friendship & prevent loneliness.
We are looking for friendly reliable people who can volunteer some of their time on a regular basis to visit and converse with a person or persons.
|Support and opportunities:||Trustees and appointed personnel to answer questions and provide support as needed. Opportunities to be involved in working relationships of the Charity.|
How to get involved
Request an application form by contacting us, either by phone on 07490 572 344, or email at [email protected].