Community Befriender (Blaenau Gwent)

Provide companionship, support confidence building and encourage involvement for older people (+50) in Blaenau Gwent County Borough.

For individuals living in Blaenau Gwent County, Wales, or surrounding areas

Supporting older people (50+) living in Blaenau Gwent who are experiencing feelings of social isolation and loneliness. Volunteers provide companionship, support confidence building and encourage involvement in the local community.

Activities include:

  • One-to-one befriending – delivered in the person’s home
  • Community buddying – providing support to engage in community activities through guidance around venue locations, transport options and initial accompaniment to activities where required
  • The establishment of volunteer-led group activities in community settings, identified through individual needs, interests, and gaps in existing services.

You can find out more and register your interest in the role below.

  • Engagement with one or more residents one-to-one and/or in group settings
  • Travel within Blaenau Gwent County Borough
  • Use of IT for community information searches and for communication with your Engagement Manager
  • Reporting back to your Engagement Manager in writing and verbally, as required.

  • Good listening and communication skills, with understanding of confidentiality
  • Empathy and compassion
  • Reliability
  • Awareness of, and adherence to, Volunteering Matters values
  • Facilitation skills if opting for group activity facilitator.

As a volunteer, you will receive:

  • Travel expenses for journeys undertaken in the course of volunteering activities
  • Training at induction and ongoing supervision and support from your Engagement Manager
  • Insurance related to the volunteering activities undertaken
  • Role satisfaction, personal development skills and experience.

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