AVSED are looking to recruit Volunteer Befrienders to visit some of our lonelier or more isolated members.
If you can spare an hour a week and are interested in giving back to our brilliant community, just get in touch.
Volunteer befrienders spend an hour or more a couple of times a month visiting clients in their homes. These are clients who are no longer able to attend our social activities due to health, mobility or access problems.
Volunteers offer companionship and bring a little bit of the outside world with them. Members often have various carers popping in and out to help with shopping, cleaning, cooking or personal care but often there is not enough time to simply sit down and have a chat over a cup of tea. Befrienders fill this gap and brighten the day of those that they visit.
The role can even suit parents as some members are happy for befrienders to take their children* with them.
Some of our members would love to sit and chat over a cup of tea at home, others would like to visit a café or even go to a local activity session (such as bingo), but they are unable to or not confident enough to do so on their own. Your companionship will help them to be continuing members of their community and spend time away from home.
If you have a vehicle and are willing to drive, some of our members would also love the opportunity to have a ride out and see the local area e.g. the Tarn, the Chevin etc◊.
An enhanced DBS Check would be completed and you would go through our policies and procedures before joining our membership coordinator on a home visit to meet our member for the first time.
When required: Monday – Friday during the day – no later than 7.30pm finish
Skills and qualifications:
• Good listening skills • Patience and understanding • Ability to strike up conversations • Willing to undertake a DBS check • Ability to make their own way to the venue
Minimum Commitment: 1 hour per week over a minimum of 6 months
Expenses: Yes – 45p/m, 20p per phone call, public transport expenses reimbursed on receipt of expenses form and attached receipts/travel tickets.
Insurance: *Befrienders need to understand that children are not covered by AVSED’s insurance and remain the responsibility of the parent during visits on behalf of AVSED). ◊We would need to see a copy of your motor insurance, and you will need to inform your motor insurance company that you will be carrying members on a volunteer basis not for hire or reward
Induction: Including aims and expectations, confidentiality, health and safety, policies and procedures including emergency procedures, expenses.
Training: First Aid/Back Care and Wheelchair Training if required