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Befriender - Newmarket and surrounding villages

Description of the role:

Could you be a Befriender and make a real difference to an older person's life and perhaps your own, too?
To visit an older person who suffers with loneliness to give them companionship and support, known to improve health and well-being, and can be beneficial to both parties. We ask for a minimum of one hour a week to visit, at whatever time suits you both, to have a cuppa and a chat.
This can make a huge impact to somebody's life, giving them something to look forward to and making them feel part of the community.
The COVID-19 pandemic has proven even moreso, how easy it is to feel isolated and alone at times - we all need friendship and kindness.

Opportunity Activities: Befriending and Buddying
Availability required:


What skills are needed?

Be patient, compassionate and kind. Good listening skills are essential and reliability.

What skills will be learned / gained?

This can enhance your communication skills and build your confidence. An opportunity to extend your social activity in a meaningful way.

DBS Check Required: Yes
Driving Licence Required: No
Does this role have age restrictions?: Yes
Mandatory training required for role: Yes
Details of mandatory training:

In house Induction provided

Extra information:

Full training and an Enhanced DBS (previously CRB) check will be required and provided. Ongoing support throughout your volunteer experience, with annual get togethers for volunteers.

About the Opportunity Host Organisation

Host Organisation: The Voluntary Network
Organisation Profile:

To provide Community Transport and Befriending Service across the districts of Forest Heath and St Edmundsbury