Befriending is proven to be a lifeline for older people who are experiencing loneliness.
Even up to an hour of your time once a fortnight can help to transform someone’s life. Befriending is also mutually rewarding for the older person and volunteer alike.
The attributes we look for in our volunteers are: ● Motivation – to make a positive difference in the life of an older person. ● Compassion – will help you to understand the needs of our older members. ● Ability - to confidently communicate over the phone or face to face with older people. ● Reliability – we couldn’t overcome loneliness without our amazing community of volunteers. We ask for calls and visits where possible to be weekly or fortnightly. ● Listening – is an integral part of the role. We cover this within our induction training.
The requirements for the role are: ● Fill in the application form, provide references, complete a DBS check, complete the induction and undertake a welcome telephone interview with one of the team. ● Commit to provide a phone call and/or visit once a week or fortnight. ● Commit to befriending for six months or more. Although we do understand that circumstances can change unexpectedly. ● Live in Sussex. ● Undertake a review over the phone 6 weeks after the befriending match has started and yearly thereafter. This is not a time consuming process but helps us to know you are happy with the befriending match!
What we can offer you: ● Friendly and approachable team to support you with your befriending match. ● Training and resources. ● Feel connected and part of a community which values human connection. ● Opportunities to meet other volunteers if you would like to. ● Opportunities to contribute towards campaigns, projects, newsletters, if you would like to.
Please see below for our application form and welcome to the Time to Talk Befriending team! We are delighted to welcome you!