Befriending Catch-Up Volunteer
Volunteer Centre Sutton
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Could you spare some time to brighten up the week of an elderly person or vulnerable adult in the London Borough of Sutton who has found themselves lonely and isolated?
We're looking for volunteers who could commit to visiting a local person in their home for 1 hour a week. You'd be a friendly face to an isolated individual*, having a chat over a cup of tea on a weekly basis.
Our Sutton Befrienders team will train you to support and build a meaningful relationship with someone who really needs it, so that they feel less lonely and more connected in their community. We have lots of experience, having run a befriending project for several years in the Borough.
No formal qualifications or experience is needed - we're just looking for volunteers with 'people skills' (see below) who are reliable, punctual, trustworthy, patient, tolerant and who have some common sense.
*Our service users may have found themselves isolated for many reasons, e.g. bereavement, illness or family migration or perhaps no other family members. Some are young people who have been in the care of the local authority but who now no longer qualify for assistance due to age. We also assist those members of the community who are disabled, (physical or sensory) and with mental health issues such as depression, panic attacks, anxiety or stress related issues.
Volunteering takes place in the service user's home.
Volunteering takes place in various locations in the coimmunity and the service users home.
o be a Befriender, you will need:
- Good communication skills, including the ability to listen in-depth
- The ability to empathise with isolated people, demonstrating compassion and understanding without become over-involved
- The ability to work alone, but also know when to seek help and advice.
- The capacity to commit regularly to 1.5 hours a week (including travel)
A mobile phone would be useful but not essential.
Becoming a Befriender will bring plenty of positives:
- Full support, including DBS check, risk assessment, full training, regular supervisions and useful resources
- The fulfilment of knowing you are making a difference to a person who is isolated
- The development of new skills, experiences and friendships
Befriending, Buddying & Mentoring
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