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Volunteering Opportunity: VO83941

  • Volunteer Befriender (Adults 1-1)
    with Lead Scotland.

    Created/last updated: 26/05/2021

    About this opportunity:Lead Scotland's Fife Befriending project is a service is for adults in Fife who feel isolated, lonely or disconnected, perhaps as a result of disability, ill health or other circumstances
     •  Volunteers offer one to one support to enable adults and older people to become more self-confident and motivated, to try new activities and to make more connections with their communities and local services
     •  You do not need to have any qualifications as full training and support will be given
     •  This role is more about who you are, not what you have done! Being a befriender means you would be making a real difference to someone's life
     •  Maybe you could go for a short walk, go for a tea/coffee in town, find a local activity or simply spend some time having a chat in the person's home
     •  Befrienders carry out a purely social role and do not undertake any personal care or domestic duties
     •  Each match will be for 4-6 months or longer, depending on the needs of the person receiving support
     •  If you would prefer to offer weekly befriending support from your home, you could become a 'distance' befriender
     •  This would be via telephone, email or video call
     •  Please speak to the Co-ordinator about this option
    Takes place:
    Minimum age:18
    Maximum age:100
    Training provided:Volunteers will receive induction training before being matched with a person requiring support. Ongoing support and supervision will be given by the Volunteer Manager, who will also ensure that the volunteer can access any training to help them in their role
    Out of pocket expenses paid?
    Yes - Yes, 42p per mile or public transport. Expenses are generally paid monthly but can be paid more often if required.

    Experience required:A warm and friendly personality, good communication skills, reliability, ability to maintain confidentiality, empathy and understanding, respect of other people's life choices, values and beliefs.

    Restrictions on who can volunteer

    Application process:Application Form; Induction/Training; Informal Chat; Interview; Other; PVG membership required; References; Trial Period

    Taster available?No, not for this opportunity.

    Travel DetailsThe project covers Fife and volunteers will be matched with someone within easy travelling distance. The meetings may be in the person's home or out in the community. For distance befriending, the volunteer will be based in their own home. Volunteer out-o

    Saltire AwardThis opportunity is compatible with the Saltire Awards for volunteers aged 12-25.