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Befriender - Bury St Edmunds and surrounding villages

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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:

M T W T F S S
Morning
Afternoon
Evening

What skills are needed?

Caring, compassionate and patient. Good listening skills are essential and reliability

What skills will be learned / gained?

Communication

DBS Check Required: Yes
Driving Licence Required: No
Does this role have age restrictions?: Yes
Details of restriction:

Must be over 18 years old

Mandatory training required for role: Yes
Details of mandatory training:

Induction training.

Extra information:

About the Opportunity Host Organisation


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Host Organisation: The Voluntary Network
Organisation Profile:

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