Could you be a Befriender?

Could you be a Befriender?

The past year has been tough for many people. A friendly chat cannot solve everything, but it can make a huge difference – in particular to those feeling isolated as a result of the COVID-19 measures.

Local charities are still recruiting volunteer telephone befrienders to provide emotional support and company to people who are feeling lonely.

Befrienders provide both emotional and practical support – including:

  • Emotional support through telephone conversations
  • Explaining correspondence/updated health information and restrictions or giving practical information about where to go or how to do things
  • Signposting to information and advice

 To become a Befriender you will need:

  • A confident and friendly telephone manner with a clear speaking voice
  • A quiet home environment to make the calls, with no one dependent on your care whilst you are making the calls

Interested in becoming a Befriender, but want to find out more first?

VARB is working in partnership with local charity ESRA again, to offer Introductory Training on Volunteering as a Befriender.

Who is the training suitable for?

The training is aimed at anyone considering becoming a volunteer befriender. It is also suitable for people who may be new to volunteering as a befriender and would welcome some introductory training.

When does it take place?

The training will take from 10am to 12 noon on 27 April and 4 May. It will be delivered via zoom over two two-hour sessions, a week apart. Please note, you will need to attend both sessions on 27 April and 4 May.

What does the introductory training cover?

  • Understanding the role of a befriender
  • Understanding social isolation and loneliness
  • Building befriender relationships and boundaries
  • Understanding confidentiality and safeguarding responsibilities
  • Communication and listening skills
  • Ending relationships

To register your interest in a free place on the Introductory training for Volunteer Befriending, please contact lisa@varb.org.uk or call 01737 762115.

Befriender Volunteer Roles

To find out more about current Volunteer Befriender Roles, including face to face befriending, click on the links below:

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