Host Organisation: Changing Lives Together

Friendly, caring volunteers needed to support lonely or isolated people through the Covid-19 crisis. Support can be offered in the form of telephone calls or practical support.

Opportunity Interests: Crisis or disaster relief, Older People (60+), Social and Community Care, Voluntary and Community Sector Support
Type of Activity: Befriending, Support / Care Work
Location: Cheshire East, Outside of Cheshire East
Days and Times for the Opportunity: Anytime

We are looking for caring, friendly people to become Volunteer Befrienders. These volunteers will be providing support for older people who are lonely or isolated as a result of the Covid-19 crisis.

Volunteers will be matched with a Befriendee who they will contact via phone once or twice each week, for a friendly chat.

How does this make a difference?

* We can check that the Befriendee's needs are being met
* The Befriendee knows that someone is thinking about them, and that they haven't been forgotten
* Speaking to someone new can provide a distraction from the stress and loneliness of lockdown
* Phone calls from Befrienders can help to maintain routine for someone who is on their own, and will give them something to look forward to
* Hearing a friendly voice can really cheer an isolated person up - even just half an hour a week can make a big difference.

The time commitment for these roles is small and flexible. If you like the idea of Befriending, or if you'd like to do something to help out in your community during this difficult time, then please get in touch.

Volunteer Commitment: Short Term
Is a DBS check required for this role?: No
Skills and Qualifications Required:

No official qualifications required. A caring attitude, empathy, and an ability to strike up a rapport with someone through telephone conversations are all important.

Are there any Gender or Age Restrictions?:
Do you have disabled access to the areas a volunteer would be sited?: No
Do you pay expenses?: Yes
If yes, for what and at what rate?:

Travel costs (45p per mile for fuel costs), public transport costs, and phone expenses if requested.

What support is available for the volunteer?:

A full training package and a designated Volunteer Coordinator who will look after the volunteer for the duration of their volunteering activities.

What training is available for the volunteer?:

Our in-house training package has been specifically developed to prepare volunteers for their role within this project. The Volunteer Coordinators also make volunteers aware of any relevant training opportunities that come up externally, and will support each volunteer with any specific training needs that they have in relation to their role.