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Befriender - The Chantry

Support individuals living with life-limiting neurological conditions to stay as independent as possible and reduce the risk of isolation.

Role Overview
At Sue Ryder The Chantry, we support people with complex neurological conditions such as multiple sclerosis, acquired brain injury, Parkinson’s and motor neurone disease.

We are looking for caring and confident volunteers who can spend one to one time with residents to provide support and companionship. 

For the service-user, this will help to reduce isolation, increase independence and build confidence by promoting their welfare and personal development - enabling that person to achieve a better quality of life.

As a befriender you’ll:
- Establish and build a befriending relationship within appropriate boundaries
- Spend time and share activities with the resident(s) while respecting their wishes
- Respect confidentiality within the framework of the scheme
- Raise issues or concerns with the befriending co-ordinator
- Complete basic records of your befriending meetings

You’ll be supported by our small friendly team and training will be provided. We’ll need you to permit us to request a Disclosure and Barring Service check (formerly CRB check)

Commitment
Ideally you’ll be able to commit to 2-4hrs a week, or more, and provide continuity over a minimum of 4 months.

Skills
You’ll need to:
- Be able to communicate effectively face-to-face
- Exercise patience to allow sufficient time for residents with speech difficulties to express themselves
- Be friendly and approachable
- Demonstrate your reliability and consistency
- Have a sensitive and caring manner
- Have the ability to use own initiative and work unsupervised.

Experience
Previous experience in a similar role would be desirable but not essential as training will be provided. Being comfortable around individuals with disabilities is essential.

Benefits
We will give you the training and support that you need and this is a great opportunity to make a genuine difference to people living with the challenges of life-limiting conditions.