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Volunteer Befriender

Befriending | Colchester, Essex, United Kingdom | Full Time, Part Time, and Volunteer

Job Description

About Age Concern Colchester

Age Concern Colchester is a Charity which is focused on making life better for individuals in later life. The current services that we provide cover:-

  • Identifying benefits that those over 60 are entitled to and supporting in the application process
  • Providing a befriending service according to the needs of the individual
  • Supplying a qualified and vetted list of handyperson individuals who can support the elderly
  • Provides clubs for those in older life for companionship
  • Is developing a community cafe for those in later life

The people that volunteer and work with us our special and provide a great deal of care for those in later life and who need support, advice, information and sometimes just someone to listen.

What are we looking for?

Befriending 

  • We would like you to be yourself and positively meet with someone who needs friendship
  • Work with the befriending coordinator and assistants to match up with over 60's
  • Meet regularly with people you are paired up with
  • Provide us feedback on how things are going with those who you provide friendship too

Friendship Groups

  • Work to understand the people you befriend to see what their needs are
  • Feedback on these needs to the befriending coordinator and assistant befriending coordinators
  • Do your best to introduce your client to friendship groups that Age Concern run
  • Consider key dates where friendship matters; bank holidays, Christmas and Easter to do something special for your client
  • Work with the befriending coordinator and assistant befriending coordinator to develop ways to combat loneliness more widely in Colchester

People fund what we do so often we need to ask information from yourself and those you befriend for case studies and to understand if the volunteering you have done has had a positive impact. We therefore do ask for regular feedback on how things are going

Practical Considerations

  • We have a very varied range of volunteering opportunities
  • It is important that you volunteer with a client that you can develop a good friendship with
  • We aim to link you with people where there is a good connection
  • If it doesn't work we want you to let us know so we can find something right for you / the client
  • We want you to enjoy your volunteering and really value regular feedback
  • Whilst all applications to volunteer are on equal merit we are very interested in those in later years coming to join us