Volunteer Befriender

Adults with learning disabilities in our community tell us they would like to get out and about more and make new friends. Some have no family outside of The Lodge Trust and would like to have a wider social network and someone to go out with occasionally. By becoming a befriender with us, you will be providing that much needed companionship and support.

What does befriending involve?

  • Talking and listening to residents
  • Providing companionship
  • Taking the time to get to know someone
  • Providing a supportive relationship, offering reassurance, and increasing confidence
  • Spending time on and off site with a resident who shares similar interests to you
  • This role involves working unsupervised in the community: full support is available from highly trained support staff and you will receive induction and training
  • You will need to be able to drive Lodge Trust vehicles or use public transport to get out and about with people at times

What you won't be asked to do

  • Assisting with personal care; for example, bathing, showering, washing, and feeding
  • Lifting, moving, or handling people
  • Administering medication or providing medical advice

What you will get from it

  • Induction to the organization; full and ongoing training for the role
  • Ongoing support, advice, and guidance from the Volunteer Coordinator (we are an Investor in People)
  • The satisfaction of knowing you are making a vital difference to the work of The Lodge Trust and consequently to the lives of adults with learning disabilities and their families
  • The opportunity to develop new and existing skills and gain experience volunteering in a charity, enhancing your CV
  • The opportunity to meet new people
  • Reimbursement of agreed expenses according to our policies and procedures

Skills and qualities we are looking for

  • Outgoing, friendly, and proactive character
  • Good listener and communicator
  • Able to use your own initiative and work independently with guidance and support
  • Able to ask for help when you need it
  • Patient, flexible, and reliable
  • Able to work within our Christian ethos and respect others’ choices and differences

Please note: due to the nature of our work, you will be required to fill in our volunteer application form and undergo an enhanced DBS check (at our expense).

How much time will I need to give?

This all depends on how much time you can spare and the needs of the residents. Activities take place during our work and education service hours, which are Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and during leisure time in the evening. We suggest a few hours a week, more if you have the time. However, any time you can spare, regular or ad hoc, will be considered.

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Sean Anderson, 19/11/2019