Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
28 Mar 2017
28 Jun 2017
Hours per month
1 to 10 hours
Long Term

About the opportunity

Our befriending scheme is growing, and as such we will have an increasing number of opportunities. At the moment, our volunteers provide longer-term commitments to building befriending relationships with individuals in the community who may feel isolated due to mental health or complex health and social needs. The role is varied and unique to the both the befriender and the client, but can typically include:

  • One or two-hour weekly visits on a one-to-one basis, either in the community (at a café, library or community centre) or in the client’s home, building and maintaining a supportive relationship over a longer period of time;
  • A weekly telephone call, to check-in and have a catch-up;
  • Help with opening and reading mail and filling out forms;
  • Attending appointments;
  • Taking part in activities and supporting people to engage in new and different activities.

We also run monthly drop-sessions for regular clients, which includes an instructor-led arts and craft group, and a fortnightly pool group. There may be opportunities to support the running of these groups, and we are open to hearing about your interests and skills, should you want to bring any new ideas to these growing volunteering and befriending roles.

So if you have a few hours to spare each week and are enthusiastic, a good listener and passionate about supporting people in the community, we would love to hear from you.

About Improving Lives

We are a small city centre based charity that offers one-to-one support and befriending to adults with mental health, and complex health and social needs in Nottingham. Our service is wide ranging but we offer help in some of the following ways: making and attending appointments, contacting services, looking at other agencies that can help, making home visits on a weekly or fortnightly basis, offering support in meetings. That's just a few of the things we can do.

What are we looking for?

We are looking for empathetic, caring and flexible individuals who are dedicated and passionate about providing outstanding support, as well as a willingness to learn and be open-minded when meeting and talking with people who may have various mental health or complex health and social needs. People who are able to offer a longer-term commitment to building and maintaining a befriender relationship are particularly needed.

Practical Considerations

All our volunteers receive ongoing training (including record keeping, safeguarding and training in boundaries) and supervision from the volunteer coordinator.
All expenses paid.
You will learn new skills and gain new knowledge from working with different people within the local community.
It will provide you with a real ‘feel-good factor’, knowing you’ve been able to help someone in the community.

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