Who is a ‘typical’ volunteer? An older retired person? A young person wanting to get some work experience? A busy parent who has a few hours a week that they would like to give? A full time employee who has some spare time in an evening or at the weekend? Someone who is currently unemployed? We have all of these and more currently volunteering with us! All our volunteers come from different backgrounds, experiences and stages in their lives. The only thing that is ‘typical’ about our volunteers is that they all want to help someone feel less lonely by becoming a Volunteer Befriender with us!
If you would like to get involved, read on….
As a volunteer with Volunteer Link you would visit a client once a week, usually at the same time and day, for up to two hours. Most clients are unable to leave their homes so visits take place in the home and you chat with them, listen to any concerns that they may have or maybe enjoy an activity like a crossword or playing a board game. If they would like to go out, you can help them to do this, even a short walk and a change of scenery can make a big difference to someone who can’t leave their home on their own. You might accompany them to a local shop, cafe or park.
The visits are purely social and our volunteers don’t do shopping, any form of personal care, DIY, gardening or cleaning for their clients. If they need these services they should be already provided by the statutory agencies such as Social Services.
Before inviting you to our office for a face-to-face interview, we will ask you:
- can you commit to visiting a client for at least a year?
- are you happy to have a DBS (Criminal Records Check) carried out?
- can you let us have contact details of two referees?
(Referees need to be people you have known for at least six months who are willing to be contacted for character references, and who are not partners or members of your family).
If the answer is “yes” to these questions, you will be invited to the office for an informal interview in which our Volunteer Coordinator will ask about your hobbies, interests and background so that when the time comes, our Befriending Coordinators will be able to match you with someone who you will have something in common with. You will need to commit to doing our next Volunteers Induction, our mandatory training which all volunteers need to attend before being linked to a client.
Benefits of Volunteering
- Volunteering has great benefits to both physical and mental health.
- You will become part of a network of volunteers with regular training opportunities, meetings and social gatherings.
- You will receive regular support from our Befriending Coordinators.
- You will gain great experience which could help with your future career.
If you would like to find out more about volunteering with us and/or apply please click below to download our Volunteering Information pack:-
- Information about volunteering (PDF)
- Volunteer Befriender Role Description (PDF)
- Volunteer Befriender Supporting people with Dementia Role Description (PDF)
- Volunteer Registration Form (Word document)
You can save the form to your computer (you may need to right click it). You can then complete and save it and email it back to us. Don’t worry about signing it; we can do that when we meet. When we receive your completed form we will ring you for an initial chat. If you have any problems or if you would prefer a pack to be sent to you in the post please call us on 020-8434-3635.
We are currently taking applications for our Autumn 2018 Volunteers Induction training courses which are on:-
Wednesday 26th September 2018, or
Saturday 20th October 2018
(times 9.30 am to 3 pm at a venue in South Ealing)
Alternatively, if you would like to have an informal chat about volunteering with us please call the Volunteer Coordinator on the number above to find out more or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.