United Kingdom
Job description

As a befriender, you will provide companionship to a lonely older person in Westminster.

Our Befriending Service matches a local older isolated Westminster resident with a local befriender or someone who either works or studies in the borough.  In particular, we are in need of volunteers to befriend in Westminster postcode districts beginning with W1, W2, NW8 and SW1, but we also welcome anyone who wants to befriend anywhere in Westminster.

A befriender provides a valuable service to our organisation by spending their time with an older isolated person, providing opportunities for much needed companionship and social interaction - hence reducing social isolation in the community.

Ideally, a befriender would telephone an older person or visit once a week for a friendly chat over a cup of coffee/tea, maybe accompany them on a short walk or run small errands together with them.

1 to 2 hours per week of your time will make a massive difference to someone’s life. So, please join our befriending scheme today and help reduce social isolation among older residents of Westminster!

Skills, experiences and qualities required:

 Listening skills
 Interpersonal skills
 Sensitivity to the needs of others
 Good spoken English is essential
 Knowledge of other languages is desired

What we offer:

-The chance to be part of a lively team who will facilitate your development with support and on-going training.
-The opportunity to be involved with projects where your own ideas and input will be valued.
-The chance to make a real contribution to Age UK Westminster’s work.
- Professional references.
-Travel & lunch expenses covered.

Posted on: 06 October 2019
Closed date: 04 January 2020
Tags: Social Care/Development, Social Work

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