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You can make a difference by offering companionship and conversation

Befriending / Visiting volunteers needed for Sue Ryder

Living with a life-limiting condition can be lonely and isolating for our patients and their families.

Our befrienders help by making weekly visits to provide support. This may involve:

  • Offering companionship and conversation.
  • Sharing in an interest or activity.
  • Listening and offering emotional support.
  • Taking someone out on short trips.
  • Helping with small practical tasks.
  • Providing carers with a break.

We can’t change the outcome, but we can change the journey.

Organisation
Contact person firstname
Natasha Saunders, Befriending Coordinator
Lastname
Contact person's position
Their phone number?
0118 955 0443
Contact instructions?
Available during normal office hours

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:
Happy to work soloSociablePatientSupportiveEmotionally robust
Post suitable for supported volunteering?
Not specified
Is training given?
Yes
Training description
Initial one day induction. Further training as required.
Is support given?
Yes
Description of support
From Befriending Coordinator and monthly group supervision
Are expenses paid?
Yes
Description of expenses
By prior agreement
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?
8
Opportunity added on
15 March 2017

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