Volunteers need to attend training, provide two references and have a DBS check (which we will arrange and is at no cost to themselves). They will then be matched with one older person (based on personality, interests and location) who they will visit once a week or fortnight for around an hour, for a chat.
Volunteers can also accompany their friend out for short trips, for example to a local café or garden centre, if they wish. Of course, our befriending service is experiencing some changes at the moment due to the coronavirus, which means that visits have been temporarily replaced by socially distant befriending! For the most part, this involves a weekly phone call, however we will chat to all volunteers and referrals about their preferred methods of contact, and this could also include communicating by letter, email, text or video chat.
We are always in need of more volunteers to match the demand for the service, and would love to hear from anyone who could volunteer for just one hour a week or fortnight! You can send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 07858570301 if you would like any more information or to sign up.