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Provide companionship to those in later life

Befriending / Visiting volunteers needed for Civil Service Retirement Fellowship

The National Visitors Network is a UK wide scheme where volunteers provide companionship to those in later life who find themselves lonely or isolated.

These visits can make a real difference in people’s lives and provide much needed social contact. With Britain’s ageing population, loneliness is only getting more common and befriending schemes play a huge role in alleviating this struggle.

All our volunteers are provided with training prior to beginning their volunteering and all reasonable travel expenses are reimbursed.

We ask that volunteers commit to 6 months of visiting.

Contact person firstname
Bethany Holttum, Befriending Service Support Manager
Lastname
Contact person's position
Their phone number?
020 8691 7411
Town
Reading

Location description
Across Reading
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:
Prefers a regular scheduleHappy to work soloGood sense of humourSociableCommunicatorHas a few hours to spare
Post suitable for supported volunteering?
Not specified
Is training given?
Yes
Training description
Training session lasts between 2-3 hours over the telephone.
Is support given?
Yes
Description of support
We send out regular newsletters, maintain contact with our volunteers and support them to find further training if they desire.
Are expenses paid?
Yes
Description of expenses
We reimburse for any reasonable travel expenses.
Will I need my own transportation?
No
Will the volunteer be CRB or DBS checked?
No
Are references required?
Yes
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?
6
Opportunity added on
20 March 2018