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  • Befriender (Older Person's Service)
    with LinkLiving - (Older Peoples Service)

    Volunteer Opportunity No. VO89673 - Created/last updated: 13/06/2022



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    About this opportunity:To provide support to isolated people aged 65 and older by visiting them (weekly or fortnightly) to help reduce their social isolation.

    Main tasks

    Meet with members (weekly, two-weekly) for a mutually agreed length of time
    Being mindful of capabilities and limitations of the member, encourage them to take part in activities
    Maintain confidentiality regarding client information
    Take part in mandatory induction training and any other relevant training
    Attend planned regular reviews with LinkLiving staff
    Submit relevant expenses and receipts on a monthly basis
    Attend mandatory induction training and any other training relevant to the post
    Attend regular volunteer support sessions
    Operate within LinkLiving policies and procedures and any other relevant guidelines and Legislation.

    Please note, our volunteer befrienders do not provide personal care needs.

    Takes place:
    morningsafternoonsevenings
    Mondays
    Tuesdays
    Wednesdays
    Thursdays
    Fridays
    Saturdays
    Sundays
    Minimum age:18
    Maximum age:100
    Training provided:You'll be provided with full induction training plus any other training which may be relevant e.g. first aid, manual handling health & safety, dementia awareness as well as many other options. There are extensive training opportunities and regular meetings with other befrienders and Link Living volunteers. Twice yearly outings for everyone involved in the project is also on offer, as well as support and supervision from the Project Workers.
    Out of pocket expenses paid?
    Yes - Public transport and mileage to and from volunteer's house to member's house or social cafe venue will be reimbursed.

    Experience required:Excellent communication skills Friendly and approachable Dependable and trustworthy Sensitivity and ability to treat others with respect Well-presented and welcoming

    Restrictions on who can volunteer
    No restrictions were specified.

    Application process:Application Form; Induction/Training; PVG membership required; References; Trial Period

    Taster available?No, not for this opportunity.

    Travel DetailsWe cover the whole of Fife however due to the Covid-19 outbreak the befriending role will be carried out over the telephone to start with

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

    What Now?

    To enquire/register an interest in this opportunity call us (FVA) on 0800 389 6046, e-mail us, or fill out this form:

    Please tell us what age group you are in:
    Are you looking to improve your employability prospects by volunteering?    

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