As a befriender you will act as a ‘good neighbour’ by visiting someone in their home who is lonely or socially isolated. You will spend time with them and have a chat over a ‘cuppa’ or play board games with them. Occasionally you might do a bit of shopping for them if you are happy to, but the main aim of being a befriender is to provide company and a listening ear.
All our befriending volunteers are DBS checked and undergo training with our Befriending Co-ordinator in Safeguarding and Confidentiality, as well attending training sessions throughout the year in areas such as Boundaries, Dementia Care, Fire Awareness and Communication. Your and the befriendee’s safety, dignity and wellbeing are treated with the utmost importance. We will also request references.
Once the references and DBS check have been carried out, the Coordinator will match you with someone and introduce you to the befriendee so you can find out about their interests, etc. Visits are arranged to suit your and your befriendee’s schedules, usually meeting up once a week for about an hour (you can do more if you wish).
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