Befriender
Hosted by: B:Friend

Can you befriend an isolating older neighbour in Barnsley? Sadly we all now know what it feels like to be stuck inside but for many older people that is going to remain the situation throughout the winter months. Can you pick up the phone, or pop over to visit, someone nearby that otherwise may not have anyone to see or speak to. By becoming a befriender you can offer new companionship and support to an older neighbour. Kathleen (83) in Thurnscoe said: "Every time I see or speak to Nicola [befriender] it makes me feel like I'm still part of the world. Like someone cares." Just an hour a week can completely change someone's life.

Days required: Mon AM, Mon PM, Mon EVE, Tues AM, Tues PM, Tues EVE, Weds AM, Weds PM, Weds EVE, Thur AM, Thur PM, Thur EVE, Fri AM, Fri PM, Fri EVE, Sat AM, Sat PM, Sat EVE, Sun AM, Sun PM, Sun EVE

How many volunteers are needed:

50

Recruitment process:

To become a befriender we have a simple three-stage process:
1. complete a short online application form with your contact details & submit your online DBS background check (15-mins)
2. arrange a video call with our team so we can verify your ID (Skype, WhatsApp, FaceTime) - 10-mins
3. join our online training and you are ready to befriend!

Skills and quaifications:

No qualifications required. You will need to complete an Enhanced DBS background check & an online induction.

Gender restrictions?: No
Type of activity: Befriending and buddying, Community Work, Mental Health