Befrienders needed to support families and friends

This is a great opportunity to work with "hidden" members of our society that have been affected by criminal trauma in some way.

These are mostly family members and friends of offenders, who often feel isolated and can lose their support networks through the action of someone else.

We are a non-judgmental organisation and will support them for as long as they need, either over the phone or in person, where required.

We have vacancies for Befrienders to act in a listening role for new or existing members, to help reduce feelings of isolation, provide a friendly ear and act as a sign-poster to additional services that may be useful to them. This is a flexible role, where support offered is arranged dependent on volunteer and member availability. A full role description is available on application.


Skills

It is important that you are non-discriminatory, non-judgmental and can show empathy.

 Able to be professional in manner and work in line with the ethos of AFFECT.

 Have excellent listening skills.

 Demonstrate administrative and organisational skills to organise sessions and maintain records.

Attend regular supervision plus willing to undertake induction and training as required.

Desirable (but not essential): Experience of the court/prison/criminal system or supporting people.


Details

  • Age restrictions
    18+
  • DBS check required
  • Equal Opportunities Policy
  • Expenses reimbursed
  • Health and Safety Policy
  • Ongoing support
    On going supervision
  • Training provided
  • Volunteer Policy
  • Written role description
    Available on request

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Availability Details

This is a flexible role, where support offered is arranged dependent on volunteer and member availability. Interviews in May and November each year.


Regions

This opportunity is available in the following areas:

Basingstoke
Hart
Rushmoor


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