The Royal Air Forces Association (or RAF Association), is a member-led, registered welfare charity that provides welfare support to Serving and Ex-Serving RAF personnel and their families.
The Befriender role is at the heart of the RAF Association’s objectives in delivering welfare support to members of the RAF family requiring it.
The aim of the Befriender role is to help alleviate isolation and loneliness, by giving time to listen to people either in person or over the phone and to encourage communication on a shared interest or topic, leading to improving and developing enjoyable social networks for the beneficiary or by helping facilitate their involvement in community groups and activities to ensure that they remain part of the community and feel socially connected.
The role of
a Befriender is varied and could involve helping out with practical tasks such
as driving someone to a doctor’s appointment, it could simply involve a cup of
tea and a chat or it could be to accompany them to their first meeting of an
interest group in their community.
Befriender volunteers need to be:
• Caring and empathetic, with the ability to build a rapport with others and put them at ease, through a friendly and sensitive approach
• Good listeners and communicators
• Reliable and dependable
• Able to put people who may be anxious or worried, at their ease
of some local social groups the beneficiary could get involved in or be able to
research this for them
Befriender volunteers are asked to commit to:
• One day of initial training, which is provided free of charge and for which travel expenses will be reimbursed.
much time as you can offer to the role. Each visit to a beneficiary would be
around one to two hours, or more if desired by both parties, this can be either
a short or long term support package.
- DBS check required
- Equal opportunities policy
- Expenses reimbursed
- Ongoing support
- Suitable for under 18s
- Training provided
- Volunteer induction
- Volunteer policy
- Volunteers covered by insurance
- Written role description
When can I volunteer?
Start Date: 25/09/2018
End Date: 24/09/2019
This opportunity is available in: Braintree
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