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Volunteering Opportunity: VO61702

  • Befriender and Telephone Befriender
    with Fife Carers Centre.

    Created/last updated: 24/08/2020

    About this opportunity:Fife Carers Centre befriending project is design to support/befriend unpaid adult carers who are socially isolated or lonely, to unable carers to offload/offer a listening ear that breaks out their week from caring role which at the times may be very demanding
     •  Very often they have nobody to talk to and you may be the only person they hear from during the week
     •  Particularly at these difficult times where there are restrictions on social contacts it is very important to carers to have someone to talk to keep themselves in a good mental health and to be able to carry on with the caring role
     •  We offer full training and group meetings (online at the moment) to all volunteers who would like to become telephone befrienders (that may lead to the face to face befriending in the future)
     •  We recommend that befrienders give one phone call a week (for about 30 minutes – up to 1 hour)
     •  Please do get in touch if you’re interested
     •  No experience needed
    Takes place:
    Minimum age:18
    Maximum age:100
    Training provided:Over the phone or online induction Online distance befriending training Communication and listening Other training as required
    Out of pocket expenses paid?
    Yes - public transport rates and reimburse volunteers every week. Also include mileage rates if applicable. Public transport rates and mileage £0.45mper mile

    Experience required:No experience needed, if you’re open minded, have a good listening ear and able to commit to the project – this opportunity is for you.

    Restrictions on who can volunteer
    No restrictions were specified.

    Application process:Application Form; Induction/Training; Interview; PVG membership required; References

    Taster available?No, not for this opportunity.

    Travel DetailsThe opportunity is Fife-wide although volunteers will be matched to Carers in their local area.

    Saltire AwardThis opportunity is compatible with the Saltire Awards for volunteers aged 12-25.