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Volunteering Opportunity: VO70344

  • Volunteer Befriender
    with Castle Befriending Scheme.

    Created/last updated: 04/08/2020

    About this opportunity:Many of the people the organisation befriends have no one to speak to other than a carer who visits for 15 minutes a day
     •  Loneliness is hugely detrimental to an individual's mental and physical health
     •  a lonely person is twice as likely to develop dementia over the next 15 years and 3 times as likely to develop depression
     •  The physical effects are the equivalent of smoking 15 cigarettes a day! All this can be prevented or turned round by just having someone to have a good chat with
     •  This could be you!
    Takes place:
    Minimum age:18
    Maximum age:no upper age limit has been specified
    Training provided:In-house induction training given - total 3 hours which can be split over 3 sessions if necessary. Ongoing support from coordinator via 1-1 meetings, telephone and email.
    Out of pocket expenses paid?
    Yes - Mileage paid at 40p per mile or public transport cost paid if on an outing - but not for getting to a client.

    Experience required:Friendly, open, non-judgemental disposition and enjoys a chat.

    Restrictions on who can volunteer
    No restrictions were specified.

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

    Taster available?No, not for this opportunity.

    Travel Details1-1 befriending takes place in the individual's home or town for coffee or at a club, etc. At the Drop-In Lounge the befriender can come along to chat to people who attend. If going on an outing with a client, petrol/travel expenses can be paid. North Ea

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