Volunteer Befrienders - the Backbone of what we do
Volunteer Befrienders give their time, companionship and an agreed level of support to isolated and housebound older people in the community in order to enhance their quality of life, promote their wellbeing and increase their independence. They also get to make a new friend.
We value our Volunteer Befrienders as essential members of the team. They enable us to provide a huge amount of additional support to our clients through befriending visits, escorting people to appointments, and on outings.
Anyone over the age of 18 and speaks English to a reasonable standard can apply. We need a range of volunteers that reflect the diversity of the borough. They need to be able to offer an average of 1-2 hours of their time each week, and are required to have a DBS check.
We offer induction training, supervision and support to our volunteers. They get the opportunity to attend certificated training sessions on key topics affecting older people such as memory loss and how to support people with dementia.