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Befriending / Visiting volunteers needed for Engage Befriending

Have you got up to an hour or so to spare a week? Are you keen to help reduce loneliness in the community? Would you be happy to chat to an older person on the phone?

Engage Befriending are a local charity that works to reduces loneliness and isolation amongst older people in Reading. We are currently looking for telephone befrienders.

When the Covid situation has eased there will be the opportunity to become a visiting befriender if you so wish. This would involve meeting the client face-to-face either at their home or taking them out for a walk or small local visit.

All applicants will need to submit references and we may also need to carry out a DBS check (if you have not already got one).

Organisation
Contact person firstname
Kath Lloyd-Roberts, Administrator
Lastname
Contact person's position
Their phone number?
07735 398 099

Location description
Telephone from home and if/when a change to visits, these will take place across the Reading Borough
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 month
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 humourSociablePatientSupportiveEmotionally robust
Post suitable for supported volunteering?
Not specified
Is training given?
Yes
Training description
One evening
Is support given?
Yes
Description of support
Regular contact with volunteers
Are expenses paid?
No
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?
10
Opportunity added on
9 November 2020

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