Befriender Volunteer - Harwich

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

Aware of some local social groups the beneficiary could get involved in or be able to research this for them

Practical Considerations:

Befriender volunteers will need to be 18 years of age or over and be prepared to undertake an Enhanced DBS check, which is required for this role.

Befriender volunteers are required to attend a one day training course which is free and for which expenses will be paid.

All volunteers should be able to work in a non-judgemental and professional manner.

Out of pocket expenses will be reimbursed in line with the RAF Association volunteering and expenses policies.


  • Accessibility
    Dependent on location
  • Data Protection policy
  • DBS check required
  • Equal opportunities policy
  • Expenses reimbursed
    Out of pocket expenses refunded inline with expenses policy
  • Health and Safety Policy
  • Ongoing support
    Provided by Area Welfare Team
  • Suitable for under 18s
  • Training provided
    One day of initial training, which is provided free of charge and for which travel expenses will be reimbursed
  • Volunteer induction
  • Volunteer policy
  • Volunteers covered by insurance
  • Written role description

When can I volunteer?

Start Date: 18/07/2018

End Date: 23/08/2021

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Availability Details

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. As 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.


This opportunity is available in: Tendring

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