Befriender

The aim of our Befriending Service is to help people experiencing loneliness and social isolation to build and develop a more fulfilling social life and reduce these feelings of loneliness. In this role you will support a socially isolated member of our community either in their own home environment and/or support them in the local community.

Tasks to include:

  • Support the person to attend activities happening in our Centre
  • Accompany the person in a local community activity eg. going shopping, visit a library, have a cuppa

And/or:

  • Visit the person regularly in their own home and have a friendly chat
  • Help and signpost them to other services in their local community and help sort out other neighbourhood issues with support from Centre staff
  • observing organisation’s policies and procedures
  • maintaining boundaries

General responsibilities and expectations are set out in the Volunteer agreement, which you need to read and sign before starting your volunteering at St Martin’s centre.

Skills and/or Qualities required:

  • caring nature
  • non-judgemental
  • respectful
  • reliable and trustworthy
  • good listening/communication skills
  • able to maintain confidentiality

 Time commitment:

Flexible to meet availability of volunteer and needs of person being supported. This will take place during office hours on a weekday.

 Training, Support & Supervision:

Full training will be provided including induction to the Centre and an additional session specific to your role.

A DBS check will be required which will be free to the volunteer. Please note you must complete the DBS procedure before you are able to volunteer in the Centre.

Any agreed out-of-pocket expenses associated with your volunteering role will be reimbursed.

We are always looking for help with the various fundraising events we arrange at the Centre. We may ask you if you would be willing to join in. There is no obligation but this could be an additional activity you would like to get involved in.