Ealing, Greater London

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Voluntary

Volunteer Befriender

About the organisation

The purpose of BEfriend is to link volunteer befrienders with housebound and isolated clients living in the London borough of Ealing. The ... Read more

Job Description

Volunteers are trained to support and befriend a lonely and isolated person, for periods of up to 2 hours on a regular basis. 

Skills and abilities needed 

  • To have good listening and communication skills 
  • To be non-judgmental in your attitude towards clients 
  • To ensure that you are reliable and punctual when visiting clients and returning your monthly monitoring forms 
  • To be conscientious with your volunteering and any follow up required for clients 
  • Understanding and empathy for this vulnerable client group 
  • Ability to work alone and cope well in one-to-one situations 
  • Understanding of and willingness to work within the BEfriend framework including following policies and procedures 

Time commitment: 

Two hours per week 

Out of pocket expenses - travel and refreshments: 

We reimburse reasonable travel expenses against receipts and provide refreshments at training courses and meetings 

Benefits to volunteers 

Gaining experience and the satisfaction of helping others 

Training/Support 

Initially a one day Volunteers Induction training, then further training available

DBS - Disclosure barring checks 

An enhanced DBS check is required, which we organise and pay for.