Following a brain injury many people experience the loss of good relationships with friends, family members and co-workers. This can lead to feelings of loneliness and isolation.
The Befriending Service needs both male and female volunteers. As a volunteer Befriender you would spend time talking to someone who has had a brain injury and encouraging them to get out and about by taking part in leisure activities. This could be going for a coffee, to the cinema, to a football match or playing squash. Volunteers are asked to commit around two to four hours per meeting, this may be once a week, once a fortnight or once a month. Volunteers are asked to commit a minimum of six months to the Befriending Service.
Anyone over the age of 18 can become a volunteer Befriender. Volunteers should be friendly, reliable, honest, non-judgemental and willing to learn. All volunteers will be required to complete a DBS check (criminal records check), supply two references, attend an informal interview and training.
The benefits of becoming a volunteer on the Befriending Service include:
- Volunteer Befrienders reasonable expenses are reimbursed
- Improved understanding of brain injury
- Time out from your normal routine
- The opportunity to meet new people
- The chance to develop good interpersonal skills
- The opportunity to gain experience in the voluntary and charity sector
- The chance to make a positive difference to someone's life
Volunteer Befriending leaflet click HERE
Volunteer Befriending application form click HERE
Volunteer Coordinator (part-time)
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