Could you be a Family Outreach Befriender?

We are looking to recruit volunteer 'befrienders' to work alongside our family outreach team who can spare time to be a friendly face for our supported families. As a befriender, the support you might offer could range from a chat over a cup of tea or helping out with shopping to accompanying families of seriously-ill children to 'Trust' events.

Our Outreach Workers offer a service in the family home and local community which is flexible, yet tailored to the needs of each family member, including the parents, siblings, grandparents and other significant carers. We need your help in order for us to continue to always be there for our families.

We are currently supporting over 200 families across Hampshire .

Can you commit regular time to a supported family near you? This can be anything from two hours a week to a day or two a month or ad hoc events. We would like to be able to offer support across three areas:

Practical Support: transport, shopping, collecting prescriptions, dog walking, light housework, gardening etc.

Social Support: helping families get out into the community, supporting siblings - home work and play, accompanying families to events and appointments.

Emotional Support: listening and talking to all members of the family.

Full training will be provided. Volunteers must be 18+, have access to their own vehicle and undergo a DBS check.


Skills

We are looking to support our families in every aspect of practical, emotional and social support.

We do not require befrienders to have any specific previous training or qualifications as full training will be provided. The most important qualities are to be caring and friendly.

Agreed travel expenses will be reimbursed.


Details

  • Accessibility
    Volunteers need to access families within their own homes.
  • Age restrictions
    18+
  • DBS check required
  • Equal Opportunities Policy
  • Expenses reimbursed
    Agreed travel expenses will be reimbursed.
  • Health and Safety Policy
  • Ongoing support
  • Training provided
    Full training will be provided.
  • Volunteer induction
  • Volunteer Policy
  • Volunteers covered by insurance

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Availability Details

Can you commit regular time to a supported family near you? This can be anything from two hours a week to a day or two a month or ad hoc events.


Location

This opportunity is available Countywide.

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