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Volunteer befrienders (18+) will be matched with a person in the East Renfrewshire area aged 65+ who are looking for company or support to become more connected to their community. The befriender will visit the person once a week in their home for an hour or so or accompany them to an activity. If, due to COVID restrictions meetings can't happen, contact will be made over the telephone in the first instance.
Good listening skills, excellent communication skills, reliable and committed, some experience of working with older/vulnerable people and an understanding of the impacts of isolation and loneliness.
Befrienders will meet people in their homes or in the local community across East Renfrewshire. Any training/support etc. will happen at Mearns Kirk Hall, 404 Mearns Road, G77 5BU or remotely if needed due to restrictions.
Reasonable out of pocket expenses for travel and mileage is provided as well as up to £5 for the volunteer to cover any refreshments - submission of receipts and a claim form are required.
Full induction training is given covering boundaries and confidentiality, equality and diversity, safe guarding, assertiveness and communication. One to one support is given regularly and volunteers will be advised of any refresher or relevant training available.
A potential volunteer would be welcome to shadow an experienced volunteer for a visit, should the volunteer and befriendee give permission to do so.
Minimum age: 18
Volunteers (aged 18-25) taking part in this opportunity are eligible to claim Saltire Awards hours for their activity.
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