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Fulham Good Neighbours - Befriender



Details of the Charity:

Fulham Good Neighbours support mainly older people, including those with dementia, with practical tasks at home such as basic DIY, gardening, and decorating. We do what any good neighbour would: collect medication, escort to appointments, accompany shopping and take care of pets to name just a few of our free services. We also run a dedicated befriending scheme, a Digital Inclusion project and a range of social clubs to help beat isolation and loneliness.

Details of the Volunteering Opportunity:

Role

To provide companionship for older people and to combat loneliness.

This could include the following tasks:

  • visiting an older person in their own home on a regular basis
  • escorting someone into town to do shopping or other activities
  • providing company to alleviate isolation
  • providing information and referring to other services.

Time commitment

We are looking for someone who could volunteer with us for 6 months or longer, for around 2 hours/month.

This is not suitable as a short-term opportunity, as it requires developing a relationship with the client.

Location

You will be reporting to Fulham Good Neighbours main office, but you will conduct one to one support visits at the beneficiaries’ home.

What training will be necessary and available:

No formal training is required. We will provide you with all the required information upon induction and provide you with volunteer guidelines.

Skills Required:

Personal qualities most suited to this role

•Good communication skills

• Patience and sensitivity

• Reliability

• An ability to deal with emergencies

• An understanding of the need for confidentiality

• To be able to recognise and work within personal and organisational boundaries

• An understanding of the need for confidentiality

• Willingness to work without direct supervision

Additional Benefits:

  • Travel expenses reimbursed
  • Get involved with your local community
  • Join an exciting new project in a dynamic organisation
  • Impart your time and skills for the benefit of an older person
  • The satisfaction of knowing that you play a pivotal role in tackling isolation and loneliness
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