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Attend - Befriending Volunteer

Details of the Charity:

We want to see a world of healthy communities supported by active individuals.

Our Mission Statements: 

We deliver projects: we deliver volunteering that supports innovation and sets a standard for volunteering. We take risks so that those we support don’t have to.

We support those volunteering: membership provides the networks, resources, and expertise that they need to grow and increase their impact in a rapidly changing environment. 

We spread the word: through conferences and an extensive range of training programmes we can improve volunteering that supports healthy communities, and ensures the potential of communities is realised.

Details of the Volunteering Opportunity:

To support up to 2 clients who access at least one of Attends client based services:

  • Brain Injury
  • Dementia
  • Stroke
  • Care Homes
  • Mental Health


  • To arrange face to face supportive meetings with the client within the community
  • To maintain regular and supportive telephone or online contact with allocated clients
  • To identify problems or issues being experienced by the client and pass on relevant information to the Project Lead
  • To organise trips to local places such as cafes and parks
  • To provide support with accessing and attending local groups
  • To help with shopping
  • To signpost to other servicesTo befriend people living in care homes
  • To sit with housebound people to allow their carer some time out
  • To be with people who are dying at home or within the care home environment

Skills Required:

  • Be friendly and helpful with an interest in local community
  • Have good interpersonal skills
  • Have the ability to listen and respond appropriately
  • Possesses the ability to chat
  • Exhibit patience and understanding with the ability to convey empathy
  • Have the ability to identify and respond to varying emotions
  • Have the ability to respond to clients without making assumptions or judgements
  • Have the ability to maintain boundaries
  • Have the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • Demonstrate personal stability and robustness with self-awareness and insight into own emotional needs
  • Be reliable, flexible and punctual

Additional Benefits:

  • Mental Health First Aid course
  • Coaching course
  • Volunteering hours go towards the Brunel Volunteers Award
  • Interested? Apply below:
    Please note '*' denotes mandatory fields
  • Name
  • Would you like to sign-up for a weekly volunteering Newsletter?
  • Have you come to study at Brunel from outside the UK
  • If you are an international student which visa do you hold?