Sue Ryder is looking for volunteers to befriend isolated patients in the community. Our volunteer befrienders provide company, emotional support and practical help to patients that are facing the challenge of a life-limiting condition.
We currently have opportunities in Reading, Wokingham, Newbury and Nettlebed.
What tasks might be involved?
- Visiting someone in their home
- Providing telephone support
- Taking someone out on short trips (e.g. to go shopping, for coffee, to the cinema)
- Providing carers with a break
- Practical help (e.g. light shopping, gardening, writing a letter).
What skills and qualities will you need?
- Good communication skills
- A patient and understanding nature
- A friendly, approachable, sensitive and caring manner
- To be reliable
- Emotional strength
- The ability to use your own initiative.
What will be required of you?
- To complete the Sue Ryder Befriender training course
- To complete a DBS check
- To regularly visit or call the person you are matched with
- To attend a monthly Mentoring & Personal Development session
- To follow procedures in dealing with confidential and sensitive material
- To report any concerns to the service co-ordinators.
What training and support is provided?
- An initial one day training course
- Ongoing training, as required
- Regular and ongoing support from the service co-ordinators
- A monthly Mentoring & Personal Development session
- Mileage and out of pocket expenses are reimbursed.
What are the benefits for you?
- Gain practical experience of working with people who have life-limiting conditions
- An opportunity to work within our local community
- A chance to meet new people
- You will receive training and support
- An opportunity to enhance your skills, and your CV
- Make a difference to those with a life-limiting condition, and their family.