Befriender - added 15/10/20
About the role
Our volunteers are an essential part of our organisation, enabling us to provide a wide breadth of services to our service users. By becoming a befriender, you can develop your communication and interpersonal skills. You will make a vital difference to the people you contact by reducing their sense of loneliness and social isolation.
This role requires a weekly commitment at a time to be agreed by both you and our client. We will regularly make contact with you both to see how the relationship is building and would ask you to commit to a weekly call for the minimum of 12 weeks.
In order to ensure a member of staff is available in case of a safeguarding concern, we ask that contact is made Mon-Fri between 9-5.
We are looking for individual who are friendly, patient and have strong listening skills. Wherever possible you will be matched with a client who shares similar interests. We are keen to hear from any BSL speakers (ideally level 3 minimum) who could be matched with some of our Deaf clients.
Sight for Surrey will reimburse expenses incurred through your role with Sight for Surrey. We also hold regular social events and an annual evening event which allows our volunteers to meet each other.
Please be aware that due to the nature of the role, volunteers are required to have an enhanced police check via the Disclosure and Barring Service. Sight for Surrey would apply for this on your behalf at no cost to yourself.
Sensory Services by Sight for Surrey is a charitable organisation that delivers specialist services to people who are Deaf, Hard of Hearing, have a vision impairment or combined sight and hearing loss. We provide services across Surrey so people may lead fuller, more independent lives.