Age UK Berkshire are looking for people to befriend lonely or vulnerable older people in your local community.
Many older people live alone and have limited or no social contact – they may be new to the area, recently bereaved, or far away from their family. They would really love to see a friendly face from time to time.
What you will do
As a befriender you will visit the person regularly in their home, usually during the daytime, building up a long-term relationship with them. During a visit you will spend quality time talking and listening. You may play cards or games, do craft activities, maybe take a short walk outdoors if the person is mobile.
What you will not be expected to do:
Personal care such as feeding or dressing; shopping; housework; giving medication, etc.
An Age UK volunteer coordinator will introduce you to each other and provide ongoing support and advice. You will update your coordinator on a regular basis and alert them to any issues or concerns.
No experience is required – it’s more important to be kind, caring and friendly. If you have spent time with older or disabled people before (e.g. family members), this can be helpful.
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