Interests

  • Black and Minority Ethnic Communities
  • Community Engagement
  • Disability
  • Health and Social Care
  • LGBT+
  • Mental Health
  • Older People

Activities

  • Local events
  • Support and Befriending

Age UK Bexley’s Befriending Service provides support to older housebound and socially isolated people in the London Borough of Bexley.

We specifically need Befrienders who are local to or willing to travel to Sidcup, Belvedere, Erith and Slade Green

The aim of the service is to support people to relieve loneliness and help people remain independent and living in their own homes as long as possible.

This will be achieved by:- Face to face and Long term befriending.  This will be ascertained by the Befriending Co-ordinator and in liaison with the volunteer. We have extended our operating hours to include evenings and Saturdays. Please note we do not replace statutory provision or act as an emergency service.

What skills do I need?

Knowledge, skills and abilities:

•Attend mandatory training sessions as and when required •A genuine interest and concern for older people •Good communication skills •Computer literate with the ability to use zoom or Microsoft teams •Knowledge and/or awareness of issues affecting older people

Interests

  • Black and Minority Ethnic Communities
  • Community Engagement
  • Disability
  • Health and Social Care
  • LGBT+
  • Mental Health
  • Older People

Activities

  • Local events
  • Support and Befriending

Details

  • Accessibility
  • DBS check required
    the cost of the DBS check will be covered by Age UK Bexley
  • Equal opportunities policy
  • Expenses reimbursed
  • Ongoing support; Health and Safety Policy
  • Suitable for under 18s
  • Training provided
    4 Modules of online training are required to be completed.
  • Volunteer induction
  • Volunteer policy
  • Volunteers covered by insurance
  • Written role description

When can I volunteer?

Slot Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Morning Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Afternoon Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Evening Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No

Availability Details

Main role and tasks Main role •To visit the client weekly Responsibilities •Work within Age UK Bexley policies and procedures •Respect confidentiality •Attend regular meetings and an annual review meeting as arranged by the co-ordinator •Record and report details of weekly visits to the co-ordinator Knowledge, skills and abilities: •Attend mandatory training sessions as and when required •A genuine interest and concern for older people •Good communication skills •Computer literate with the ability to use zoom or Microsoft teams •Knowledge and/or awareness of issues affecting older people We are particularly looking for people who are/ have: • Confident and able to build rapport easily • Reliability and trustworthiness • Good listening and communication skills • Organised and able to keep accurate records • Show a commitment to inclusion and diversity and lifting the barriers of inclusion for older people (essential) **We specifically need Befrienders who are local to or willing to travel to Sidcup, Belvedere, Erith and Slade Green** Training required Mandatory training for this role is:- Safeguarding Adults at Risk When covid allows, face to face befriending will replace telephone and digital contact once again

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