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BEfriend - Volunteer Befriender

Details of the Charity:

BEfriend is a registered charity (no 1072538) established in 1994. We provide one-to-one volunteer befriending to people within the London Borough of Ealing who are socially isolated because of physical, sensory, cognitive or psychological impairment.

Details of the Volunteering Opportunity:

As a Volunteer Befriender you would visit a client once a week, usually at the same time and day, for up to 2 hours. Some clients are completely housebound, so visits will take place in their home and you can chat with them, listen to any concerns that they may have or maybe enjoy an activity like a crossword or playing a board game.

Volunteers are required to submit monthly report forms to keep us updated on your visits, and also to claim travel expenses.

We hold quarterly volunteer meetings, which involve food, drinks and a speaker. We also offer regular group supervision sessions for volunteers. Other relevant training is offered throughout the year.

Skills Required:

  • Good listening and communication skills
  • To be non-judgemental 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
  • To have an understanding and empathy for this vulnerable client group
  • Ability to work alone and cope well in one-to-one situations

Additional Benefits:

  • You will become part of a network of volunteers with regular training opportunities, meetings and social gatherings
  • Volunteering Hours to go towards the Brunel Volunteer Award

  • Interested? Apply below:
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  • Name
  • Have you come to study at Brunel from outside the UK
  • If you are an international student which visa do you hold?
  • Would you like to sign-up for a weekly volunteering Newsletter?