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Volunteer Development Scotland Ltd. (also known as Volunteer Scotland).
Charity registered in Scotland SC013740 and a company limited by guarantee, registered in Scotland, No. SC106743. Our registered Office is Jubilee House, Forthside Way, Stirling. FK8 1QZ

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Volunteer Befriender

Berwickshire Housing Association and The National Lottery Community Fund Scotland financially contribute to and support the Befriend Project to help people living in Berwickshire and Kelso who are over the age of 65 to maintain social connections and engage with their local communities.

The BeFriend Project does this with the invaluable help of a team of volunteers who:

• Support people to attend and engage with community events.
• Visit a befriendee on a one to one basis
• Telephone Befriending
• Provide transport to community activities and outings
• Other volunteering opportunities using volunteers personal talents and expertise.

These voluntary roles can open up new opportunities and you will get so much in return Friendship, laughter and fun.

Volunteering has been shown to make a significant difference to peoples wellbeing and also gives something back to the community.

Volunteers are reimbursed for their mileage, reasonable expenses. They also have access to information and support sessions to enhance their volunteer role.

Experience required

Volunteers should be: Friendly, patient and caring. Be able to talk to people. Be able to listen to people. Be able to turn up on time. Understand confidentiality. It would be useful if you have a car, but you do not have to.

Travel details

Where does it happen?
Usually in the older people’s own homes.

Travel expenses

Travel expenses are available along with expenses are available for refreshments taken while volunteering.

Training details

2 half day induction sessions. Then dementia awareness and safeguarding training at a later date. Ongoing opportunities to attend other sessions.

Taster available

Minimum age: 18
Volunteers should be free to work with older adults who might be vulnerable.

Frequency & commitment
How much time does it take? As much time as you have to spare! Most volunteers do it for about 1 hour a week.