Active and In Touch Volunteer Befriender

Active and In Touch Frome

Name: Active and In Touch Volunteer Befriender
Organisation: Active and In Touch Frome
Location: Frome Town Hall, Christchurch Street West, Frome, Somerset, BA11 1EP
Type: Part Time
You do not need to commit much - it may be as little as a few hours every month. As a volunteer you would be asked to simply offer whatever time you can spare; an hour once every two weeks with someone can make a whole world of difference.

Description

Active and In Touch volunteers meet isolated, elderly and vulnerable people and spend time with them, find out their needs and interests, and help them to find their own place in the community.

WHY BE A VOLUNTEER?

Volunteering is not only great for Frome , it makes the world a better place and could also make a positive impact on your life too.
You could be part of this exciting local initiative. Whether you want to use your existing skills, develop new ones, meet new people or just feel good about yourself, volunteering with Active and In Touch will change peoples lives for the better.


BUILD YOUR CONFIDENCE

Many volunteers encounter new challenges when they begin giving time in their communities. Sharing these experiences with new people, they can learn a range of skills that will give them confidence to face challenges in other areas of their lives.

INTRODUCE YOU TO NEW FRIENDS

There’s no better place to meet likeminded individuals than through volunteering for a campaign or cause you believe in. Working together to bring about a change is a great way to bond with others and become part of a community that can stay in touch long after your work is done. Plus, you could meet people from a diverse range of backgrounds – people you may never come across in your daily life.

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Organisation Description

Our volunteers visit, help and befriend people who have become isolated or out of touch with the community around them.

Working in partnership with Somerset You Can Do Services we can offer ongoing befriending support to anyone who feels isolated or lonely in Frome and the surrounding villages.

The people Active and In Touch support have become isolated and lonely through the circumstances that life has thrown at them, maybe caring for a partner for years, moving to a new area, or just not feeling confident to try new things alone. With the help of our volunteer befrienders we can make a real difference. Our volunteers meet people and spend time with them, find out their needs and interests, and help them to find their own place in the community.

Active and In Touch is supported by Frome Town Council and local businesses such as hairdressers and opticians, and medical staff, who can help pass information on to those who need it, and feeds into the wealth of activities that Frome has to offer such as the Mendip Health Walks, Active Living clubs, and special interest groups.


When

  Mon Tue Wed Thurs Fri Sat Sun
Morning
Afternoon
Evening

Cause / Interests

  • Christmas Volunteering
  • Disability
  • Health & Hospices
  • Learning Disablity
  • Men
  • Mental Health
  • Older people
  • Poverty
  • Public Events
  • Social Care
  • Unemployed
  • Women

Types of Activity

  • Befriending and Buddying
  • Care work
  • Fundraising
  • General and Helping
  • Local Events
  • Outdoors

Skills and Qualifications

Requirements

Just a little of your time to be with and befriend someone who feels isolated or lonely in our community. All our volunteers are fully trained. At their induction they are made aware of the need to dress appropriately and to treat people with respect and dignity, and that listening is of the utmost importance.

For instance, with one very anxious lady it was about building up her confidence and, by gently taking her along to different activities, she now feels much less anxious and even comes along to the Active Tuesday group on her own.

As you can see, the ethos behind the project is not complex, but when we simply extend the hand of friendship to those in need we really can change lives


Benefits

You could be part of this exciting local initiative. Whether you want to use your existing skills, develop new ones, meet new people or just feel good about yourself, volunteering with Active and In Touch will change peoples lives for the better.

Additional/Specific Suitabilities

Minimum Age: 18
Maximum Age: NA
Disabled Access: Yes
Wheelchair Access: Yes
Expenses: Expenses
Restrictions: Enhanced Adult DBS needed
Induction: Induction
Insurance Cover: NA
Special Needs: NA
Offer: NA
Training: Training
Other: NA

Recruitment Method

Application form, Informal discussion, References, Other, DBS Check