How can befrienders help?
A befriender can provide company on social outings. They are sometimes the only person in the life of an individual who is not paid to be there and so plays an invaluable role in relieving social isolation. Befrienders aim to relieve loneliness, increase confidence and self-esteem and build a trusting friendship.
Who can become a befriender?
Befrienders are men and women of all ages and from all walks of life who can give a couple of hours of their time on a regular basis. No previous experience or qualifications are required. However, as volunteers will be befriending vulnerable adults, all volunteers will be required to undergo a police check, although a conviction will not necessarily preclude a person from becoming a befriender. We are interested in hearing from potential volunteers who:
- have a genuine interest in people
- display common sense
- can communicate well, are open minded, reliable and accepting of others
- can be a good listener
- show sensitivity
- have a sense of humour
- can devote time on a regular basis
- can develop friendships with a view to sharing interests and hobbies
What can we offer you?
- an initial induction training course and on going training
- regular contact and support
- out of pocket expenses
- the opportunity to be involved in an active community
What some residents would like to do with befrienders
- 'I like badminton, music, cinema and would like someone to go walking with, for coffee outings or to help me write letters.'
- 'I would like to meet someone outside our community for social events and chats.'
- 'I like movies, going out for meals, birds of prey, animals and concerts.'
- 'I like football, golf driving range, swimming, shopping and lunch out. I like to get phone calls even if I can't go out.'
Friends of workshops
We are also looking for volunteers who could be a friend to a workshop – someone who could support the individual on a one-to-one basis with their activity in the workshop.
So how can I find out more?