Preston - Older People's Service


Meadowfield House Home for Older People - Befriending

Overview

 

Befriending Volunteers required

 

Older people services operates using quality services which are provided in a safe way for all residents.

 

Their core purpose is to provide high quality competitive, and person centred residential and day time support for the people of Lancashire.

As a Befriending volunteer you would help to positively engage those at the home and help them to take part in the activities.

 

Support from a Volunteer can help make a difference in someone's life, even if it's just a smile.

 

You must be willing to go through an induction process and relevant background checks; this role is subject to an enhanced DBS check.

 

 

Tasks

 

The benefit of having a regular meeting with a befriender helps to increase the confidence, resilience and independence of the service user. Befrienders actively support, encourage and empower them to achieve specified and agreed goals and objectives.

 

  • Encourage and spend some time chatting to residents helping to combat feelings of loneliness
  • Help to brighten up a resident’s day
  • Log volunteering hours monthly and submit expenses where applicable via an on-line computer system
  • Complete minimum level training e.g. safeguarding and commit to further training relevant to role
  • Volunteers will be provided with the relevant training required for this role and should have successfully passed essential training before starting

     

    Personal Qualities

     

    Befriending/ mentoring volunteers need to:

     

  • Be good communicators
  • Empathy
  • Patient
  • Caring nature
  • Be committed to providing a good service
  • Adhere to confidentiality guidelines

Training

Training will be provided where necessary and may be in the form of peer support, distance learning or trainer led. Volunteers must have completed the required training before any activity can be undertaken and may be asked to regularly refresh training where required.

 

Schedule Summary

This activity generally occurs on

  • Monday - Morning, Afternoon
  • Tuesday - Morning, Afternoon
  • Wednesday - Morning, Afternoon
  • Thursday - Morning, Afternoon
  • Friday - Morning, Afternoon
  • Saturday - Morning, Afternoon
  • Sunday - Morning, Afternoon