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Befriending - Brandon 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?

We would like to hear from people that have a kind, sensitive, and patient personality.

What skills will be learned / gained?

There are a wealth of skills/knowledge to be obtained from this role.
The main ones being to communicate and listen in such a manner that it changes peoples lives.
Below is what one of our volunteers had to say about why it's so important to volunteer..........
"My life is being enriched on so many levels by being a Befriender. It really brings it home to you, how much an hour or two each week makes a huge difference to an older person, when they tell you how much they love to see you, and thank you for coming, and how lovely it is of you to give your time up for them.
If you are unsure if you will be 'any good' at being a Befriender, then please just have a go, and you may well be surprised at how well you do! You don't have to go and clean, you don't have to go and do chores, you don't have to buy anything and you certainly don't have to get emotionally entangled (which my husband was afraid of), you just have to go with an open caring heart, a few conversation ideas and your listening head!

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

18yrs and over

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

Induction training.

Extra information:

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