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Befriender

Role title: Befriender (supporting services uses in their own homes)
 
Line manager: Nurse Specialist Self Management Programme
 
Department: Healthcare
 
Location: Dee View Court, Caiesdykes Road, Aberdeen, AB12 5JY
 
Role Purpose
Can you spare a couple of hours every week to help enhance the quality of life of service-users with neurological conditions, in their own home in Aberdeen city? 
 
Role Overview
Sue Ryder’s Self Management Programme offers support to service-users and their carers. We can support them to manage their condition, take part in educational activities, accompany to outings and hobbies or simply provide companionship. 
 
In just a few hours on a regular basis, volunteer befrienders support service-users to take part in activities meaningful to them. This could be by:
  • Supporting someone to rejoin a hobby, club or network of friends
  • Emotional and psychological support
  • Helping rebuild an individual’s confidence to go out
  • Support to understand your condition better
  • Providing opportunities for carers to take a break
  • Signposting to other appropriate services and 
  • Simply providing company and conversation.
 
Each befriending relationship will be different and we will do our best to match you to a service-user with similar interests.
 
We’ll need you to be trustworthy and able to use your own initiative. We’ll ask you to attend mandatory training and permit us to carry out a PVG  check (at no cost to you). 
 
 
Commitment: 2-3 hours per week or fortnight or more often if desired.
 
Skills
Ideally you will:
  • be reliable and have the ability to relate well to others
  • have a warm, friendly, adaptable, caring approach
  • be open-minded and tolerant of different lifestyle and values
  • be able to work within personal and organisational boundaries
 
 
Experience
Experience of caring either in a paid or unpaid capacity would be an advantage but is not essential.
 
Benefits
Training will be provided and you'll be supported by our small, friendly team. We can also reimburse your local travel expenses and provide a reference to future prospective employers.
This is an opportunity to make a real difference to an individual on a one to one basis, meet new people and have fun too.