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Help connect those in need to the people and services that can help them the most!

Befriending / Visiting volunteers needed for RAF Association

Connections for Life is the new way that the RAF Association is delivering our welfare services by matching volunteers with beneficiaries. Whether lonely, isolated from friends and
family or facing difficult situations alone, Connections For Life works tirelessly to connect
those in need to the people and services that can help them the most.

Depending on the beneficiary’s requirements, you will remain their volunteer for the duration of the project with the aim of integrating them back into the community and helping them become confident and independent again. As a Connections Volunteer, you will have the whole support of the Association behind you and a designated co-ordinator as your point of contact. We will provide you with all the necessary training so you can rest assured that you will have all the skills you need.

Not having someone to talk to during these challenging times can be lonely, particularly if the person is used to social activities and spending time with others. A friendly, 30-minute chat that you will offer will make all the difference.
You will be invited to speak to a member of the team before your application for the Befriender role is successful. This will enable both the volunteer and the organisation to find out more about each other and to assess whether the role will be suitable for the volunteer. Volunteers will be asked to provide two references. If the volunteer meets the criteria required they will then be referred for training.

Initial training will consist of:

  • Half-day online befriender volunteer training course.

What you will be doing

  • Providing regular social interaction and support to RAF veterans via telephone
  • Relaying any concerns to your Connections Coordinator
  • Regularly submitting an activity log summarising your interactions so we can make sure everyone is receiving the help they need

Why is it rewarding?

It is an important opportunity to help members of the RAF community to feel less isolated and lonely during the Coronavirus crisis.

Who do Connections Volunteers report to?
Connections Volunteers will report to their Connections Coordinators following being approved in the role. Prior to approval, all volunteers will be in contact with the Connections Administrators.

Organisation
Contact person firstname
Emmie Shaw,
Lastname
Their phone number?
08000182316

Location description
Remote opportunity
Wheelchair accessible?
Not specified
Car parking for the volunteer?
Not specified
Secure bicycle parking?
Not specified
Near public transport?
Not specified
How much time?
A few hours a week
What times and days of the week?
Mon AMMon PMMon EVETue AMTue PMTue EVEWed AMWed PMWed EVEThu AMThu PMThu EVEFri AMFri PMFri EVESat AMSat PMSat EVESun AMSun PMSun EVE
Availability required
Any of these times
Task type?
Befriending / Visiting
Will suit someone like this:
Good sense of humourSociablePatientSupportiveCommunicatorEmotionally robust
Post suitable for supported volunteering?
Not specified
Is training given?
Yes
Training description
Online training and CPD
Is support given?
Yes
Description of support
Connections Coordinator
Are expenses paid?
No
Will I need my own transportation?
No
Will the volunteer be CRB or DBS checked?
No
Are references required?
No
Will there be an interview?
No
Are they properly insured?
Yes
Minimum age
18
Do they need a specific gender?
No
How many volunteers needed?
30
Opportunity added on
9 February 2021

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