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Volunteering Opportunity: VO61838

  • Befriender (Older Person’s Service)
    with Link Living Fife.

    Created/last updated: 30/09/2020

    About this opportunity:Older Person’s Service is a lively, dynamic project run by Link Living
     •  We offer a befriending service to people aged 65 and over who live in Fife and are isolated and lonely
     •  Befriending is beneficial particularly for older people who do not get out and about much
     •  As a befriender you might visit them at home for a cup of tea and a chat, read a book or watch TV together
     •  Or go for a walk or visit a café
     •  The matching process means that we match up befrienders with older people who have similar interests and the time together will be mutually enjoyable and beneficial
    Takes place:
    Minimum age:18
    Maximum age:no upper age limit has been specified
    Training provided:We provide full induction training plus any other training which may be relevant e.g. first aid, manual handling health & safety, food hygiene, dementia awareness as well as many other options. We offer extensive training opportunities and regular meetings with other befrienders and Real Living volunteers. Real Living also offer twice yearly outings for everyone involved in the project as well as support and supervision from the Project Workers.
    Out of pocket expenses paid?
    Yes - We reimburse public transport and mileage to and from volunteer's house to member's house or social cafe venue.

    Experience required:Excellent communication skills, dependability and trustworthy, sensitivity and ability to treat others with respect.

    Restrictions on who can volunteer
    No restrictions were specified.

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

    Taster available?No, not for this opportunity.

    Travel DetailsWe cover the whole of Fife - details will be arranged with Project Worker. Own transport is highly beneficial.

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