Do you enjoy meeting new people? Are you warm and compassionate? We are looking for befrienders to help alleviate
isolation and loneliness by giving time your time to someone who needs it.
Our befriender role is at the heart of the RAF Association’s objectives in delivering welfare support to members of the RAF family requiring it. The aim of the Befriender role is to help alleviate isolation and loneliness, by giving time to listen to people either in person or over the phone and to encourage communication on a shared interest or topic, leading to improving and developing enjoyable social networks for the beneficiary or by helping facilitate their involvement in community groups and activities to ensure that they remain part of the community and feel socially connected to the wider family.
The role of a befriender is varied and could involve helping out with practical tasks such as driving someone to a doctor’s appointment, it could simply involve a cup of tea and a chat or it could be to accompany them to their first meeting of an interest group in their community.
Befriender volunteers need to be:
Caring and empathetic, with the ability to build a rapport with others and put them at ease, through a friendly and sensitive approach
Good listeners and communicators
Reliable and dependable
Flexible in terms of who you will support and occasionally with the time you will visit them
Able to put people who may be anxious or worried, at their ease
Aware of some local social groups the beneficiary could get involved in or be able to research this for them
In addition, Befriender volunteers will need to be aged at least 18 or over.
Volunteers should also be able to work confidentially, in a non-judgemental manner and in line with the RAF Association Volunteer Agreement which you will be asked to sign or adhere to.
- Age restrictions
- DBS check required
- Equal Opportunities Policy
- Expenses reimbursed
- Health and Safety Policy
- Ongoing support
- Training provided
Befriender volunteers are required to attend a one day training course which is free and for which expenses will be paid.
- Volunteer induction
- Volunteer Policy
- Volunteers covered by insurance
- Written role description
When can I volunteer?
Befriender volunteers are asked to commit to - One day of initial training, which is provided free of charge and for which travel expenses will be reimbursed. As much time as you can offer to the role. Each visit to a beneficiary would be around one to two hours, or more if desired by both parties, this can be either a short or long term support package.
This opportunity is available in the following areas: