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Befriending Volunteers

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Introduction to the Role

Befriending volunteers visit a client in their home to offer support, companionship or practical assistance, which can include reading and dealing with personal correspondence. Most people, however, are very happy with a cup of tea and a chat or even going for a short walk to their local shops or park.

The volunteer will usually visit once every two to four weeks, however, we do ask for a minimum commitment of approximately 6 months for this role.

You would be matched with a visually impaired person who lives in an area convenient for you.

You will be working independently although you will be supervised by Dyane Midgley, our Volunteer and Training Co-ordinator.

Where the role is based:

At the clients home, although often it can involve escorting clients, by mutual agreement, to venues such as the shops, local attractions etc.

Time Involved:

2 to 4 hours, once every two to four weeks, to be agreed between the volunteer and client.

Skills required:

Volunteer must be friendly, committed, trustworthy and able to get to the clients home alone, have the ability to listen and initiate conversations.

Volunteers complete a regular report sheet and send it in to SRSB, so good communication skills are important.

Register your interest via our online enquiry form

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