The idea is to visit an older person at their home to spend time with them as they are isolated or alone. As a volunteer you will offer support to your befriendee, encouraging him or her to be as independent as possible. As Volunteer Befriender you will not only transform the life of the person you will assist but also yours.
At the same time, there are other benefits of becoming a volunteer with us. Volunteering provides experience and builds skills which are valuable to employers. All the experience you gain you can put it on your CV. Additionally, you will benefit from training and on-going skills development, as well as friendly and professional support by our Volunteer Coordinators.
Benefits to self
Someone to talk to and who will listen.
Building a sense of community and purpose.
Improve your communication skills.
Contribute and give back to society by helping reduce isolation.
Benefits to others
Help reduce a person's isolation and loneliness.
Build a connection.
Make people live happier and fuller lives.
Encourage others to be independent.
What is the No1 Befriending Agency, organisation and its goals/aims.
The nature of befriending and its place in broader social care.
The multiple benefits of volunteering in general, and of befriending in particular.
What makes a befriending relationship successful.
The knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary for this role.
What does and does not constitute a befriending relationship. Important
Support available to the volunteer befriender and who to talk to in case of any issues.
Support and supervision details
Each volunteer has a designated Volunteer coordinator with whom they interact weekly, can contact and rely on. Additionally, Volunteer Coords will help volunteers to set goals and expectations from volunteering at the beginning of the volunteering experience and will periodically be revising them.