Befriending

Do you know someone who would like a friend? Would you like to be a Befriender? Our Befriending service is for people that are lonely, isolated and housebound.

 

Do you need a friend?

Do you know of someone that needs a friend?

Our free to access Befriending Service provides friendly support for lonely, isolated, housebound individuals who are living alone in our local community. Our aim is to find you a friendly volunteer befriender who will normally visit for about an hour once a week for a chat. Our befrienders offer a listening ear and can often point you in the direction of other services that may be of use to you. All befriending volunteers are DBS checked have the continued support of our Befriending Coordinator Nikki Holt. Our befrienders are not to undertake any household chores, shopping, financial transactions, personal care or lifting and should not be asked to. If you fit the criteria or you know someone you think fits the criteria for this service and are interested in knowing more then you can contact Nikki Holt on 01303 259 007 or email nikki.holt@volunteershepway.co.uk

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Volunteering

We are seeking kind, patient, compassionate people who have an hour a week to spare. Each of our befrienders is matched with someone living alone who is experiencing loneliness and has little social contact with the outside world. We are seeking a commitment of one hour a week to bring the outside world to someone and brighten their day on a long term basis. Visits can involve chatting over a cuppa, playing a game, perhaps doing a crossword or reading the newspaper. Hopefully there will be a few laughs along the the way! It may sound simple, but it can make a huge positive impact. All befrienders are supported by our Befriending Coordinator Nikki Holt. References and DBS check will be required. Reasonable travel costs are paid. No personal care, chores or lifting will be undertaken. If you are interested in becoming a befriending volunteer you can contact Nikki Holt on 01303 259 007 or email nikki.holt@volunteershepway.co.uk

 

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For more information on DBS code of practice, click the link,

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/474742/Code_of_Practice_for_Disclosure_and_Barring_Service_Nov_15.pdf