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The Volunteer Link Scheme – Volunteer Befriender



Details of the Charity:

The Volunteer Link Scheme (VLS) was set up in 1994 (and became a registered charity in 1998) with the sole aim of relieving the social isolation experienced by isolated and housebound adults living in the London Borough of Ealing. We do this by providing one-to-one volunteer befriending. We are proud to hold the ‘Mentoring and Befriending Approved Provider Standard’ from the NCVO, which is the gold standard for befriending organisations.

We recruit and train volunteers then link them with lonely and isolated people within the London Borough of Ealing to provide regular companionship and support. Full backing is provided for volunteers by Volunteer Link staff and there are regular volunteers meetings and social events as well as further training opportunities available.

Our volunteering is very flexible in that volunteers can carry out their visits at a regular time that suits them. It can be weekdays or weekends, daytime or evenings.

Details of the Volunteering Opportunity:

  • Visit your client on a regular basis as agreed, spending 1 ½ to 2 hours with them
  • Report back to Volunteer Link any issues or concerns that you have relating to your client
  • Inform your client and the Volunteer Link Office if you can’t make your meeting with a client
  • Complete and return monthly monitoring reports and expenses forms within the time limit specified
  • Attend a Volunteer Review meeting with a Volunteer Link Co-ordinator 6 months after you commence volunteering and annually thereafter
  • Attend further Volunteer Link training courses where possible
  • Each month, as part of your monthly monitoring report to either claim expenses, donate expenses back to Volunteer Link or declare that you have not incurred expenses
  • To carry out your volunteering within the ethos of Volunteer Link at all times

Skills Required:

  • To have good listening and communication skills
  • To be non-judgmental in your attitude towards clients
  • To ensure that you are reliable and punctual when visiting clients and returning your monthly monitoring forms
  • To be conscientious with your volunteering and any follow up required for clients
  • Understanding and empathy for a vulnerable client group
  • Ability to work alone and cope well in one-to-one situations
  • Understanding of and willingness to work within the Volunteer Link framework including following policies and procedures

Additional Benefits:

  • Expenses reimbursed
  • Hours volunteered will be added on your H.E.A.R – which goes on your permanent university record
  • All hours volunteered will contribute towards your Brunel Volunteers Award, which may lead to an invitation to the annual Brunel Volunteers Awards Ceremony in May
  • Interested? Apply below:
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  • Name
  • Have you come to study at Brunel from outside the EU
  • If you are an international student which visa do you hold?