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