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Befriender Match – Walking and talking

Befriending / Visiting volunteer needed for ENRYCH Berkshire

Our volunteers support and enable people with a physical disability to take up, or return to, a hobby, interest, sporting activity or learning opportunity which they cannot do without some help or support. This support is mainly about giving confidence, understanding and emotional support to bring colour to our members’ lives.

We are looking for everyday folk who might have a few free hours each week to share an interest with someone with a disability. That hobby you’ve had for years might be just the thing that one of our Members is looking for. You never know – volunteering might actually add some unexpected colour to your life too!

This interesting man in his 50s is looking for an educated / academic volunteer to go walking with whilst discussing a number of topics of interest. These might include any of the following areas:

Philosophy
Psychology and psychotherapy
Neurophysiology
Human relationships
Medicine as a science and medical competence
Ethics
Chemistry/pharmacy
Food/cooking/biochemistry
Countryside/nature/meteorology
Education
Disability/equally/opportunity
Travel – UK and overseas
IT/internet security
Statistical concepts, eg regression to the mean.

He works full time so wants to meet up in the late afternoon/evenings to walk and talk.

He has cerebral palsy with dysarthric speech and dystonia. This means that a little patience may be required sometimes to understand his speech but it is not difficult to communicate together.

He would like to meet a few times a month.

Read about Maria’s volunteering experience HERE.

Organisation
Contact person firstname
Roz Watts, Volunteer Coordinator
Lastname
Contact person's position
Their phone number?
0118 9291675
Mobile?
07926 023908
Contact instructions?
Mon-Wed

Location description
Tilehurst
Wheelchair accessible?
No
Car parking for the volunteer?
Yes
Secure bicycle parking?
No
Near public transport?
Yes
How much time?
A few hours a week
What times and days of the week?
Tue EVEWed EVEThu EVEFri EVESat PMSat EVESun PMSun EVE
Availability required
Any of these times
Task type?
Befriending / Visiting
Will suit someone like this:
Prefers a specific roleKeen learnerAnalytical thinkingGood sense of humourPatientSupportiveCommunicatorWants to get out and aboutEmotionally robustPhysically fit
Post suitable for supported volunteering?
Not specified
Is training given?
Yes
Training description
induction training
Is support given?
Yes
Description of support
The volunteer coordinator is there to support all the volunteers
Are expenses paid?
Yes
Description of expenses
travel expenses covered by Enrych. Any other expenses are paid for by the member.
Will I need my own transportation?
No
Will the volunteer be CRB or DBS checked?
Yes
Are references required?
Yes
Will there be an interview?
Yes
Are they properly insured?
Yes
Minimum age
18
Do they need a specific gender?
No
How many volunteers needed?
1
Opportunity added on
21 December 2018

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