Leonard Cheshire Disability Hydon Hill (Godalming)

Virtual Befriender / Remote Social Group - posted 12/11/2020

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Name of role                   


Virtual Befriender/Remote Social Group




 (Opportunity can be done remotely from home)

Volunteer’s line manager


Patricia Moody  Community Volunteer Coordinator

Purpose of role




To help and support Leonard Cheshire care home residents to remain connected and combat potential isolation using digital technology on a range of platforms (including Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Facetime, skype & Facebook Portals).

Key activities






  • Liaise with care home staff, activities coordinator and lead volunteer to arrange regular activity with residents.
  • Taking part in video calls with residents either in a one to one or group basis.
  • Facilitating discussion/coffee morning groups.
  • Leading a wide range of activities including bingo, quizzes, arts and crafts, karaoke.
  • Share best practice with the team in training and team meetings.


Time commitment required



Flexible, depending on the requirements of services. A minimum of 3 months commitment, a minimum of 4 hours per month.  

Requirements of role (checks and training)



  • Two references
  • DBS check
  • Online induction training


Key skills/qualities a volunteer needs for this role




  • General IT Skills
  • Reliable
  • Good listening and explaining skills
  • Good communicator
  • Willing to support choice and independence for disabled people

Any other comments

This is a great role for someone who is comfortable using a range of devices, and who would like to help disabled people to harness the power of technology and stay connected and reduce isolation.

With access to the appropriate equipment this is a role that can be carried out remotely.

Reasonable expenses will be reimbursed, if agreed in advance.

Mission Statement

Hydon Hill is a residential home (with nursing care), providing a range of services for adults with physical disabilities. Ages range from late teens to retirement age.

Set in the beautiful Surrey Hills AONB, our home was purpose-built in the 1970s and is surrounded by peaceful woodland. The scenic and historic town of Godalming is just a short drive away - it offers many useful amenities, including excellent shops, restaurants and pubs.

Our residents make sure their home has a lively atmosphere. At their request, we offer lots of activities in the home, including arts and crafts, games, cooking, and movie-watching. We also have a lovely garden and our own charity shop on site ( - donations and shoppers always welcome between 11.00 and 3.00 pm).

Our fully-trained staff work hard to ensure everyone is happy in their home. We support our residents to be independent and to take part in community activities as they wish.

The internationally known Leonard Cheshire Organisation has been offering residential care to people with long term disabilities for over 70 years. Join our team and you will have a wealth of experience and expertise to work with.

Whether you join us for 1 hour a month or multiple hours per week, you will be much valued by our residents and greatly rewarded by knowing you are making such a valuable contribution.

Thank you for your interest.