Opportunity: Volunteer Befrienders

Organisation Name: Age UK Calderdale & Kirklees
Phone: 01422 252040
Cause/Interest: Health and social care, Older people
Listing End Date:
Skill Required: Interpersonal skills, Listening and communication
Type Of Activity: Befriending, buddying and mentoring
Additional/Specific Suitability: Young People (16-25), Older People, University students
Age/Gender Restrictions:
Geographical Area(s): Calderdale
Opportunity Type: Virtual/Remote
Requirements And Benefits: Each befriender is matched to one or two older people who are isolated and lonely. You will visit them in their own home either for a conversation, often over a cup of tea or support them to go out and socialise, with you accompanying them for re-assurance. You need to be a confident conversationalist and a good listener. You can be flexible in the times you volunteer and make a real difference to an older person.
Skill Required: Interpersonal skills, Listening and communication
Skills To Gain: Interpersonal skills, Listening and communication
Times For The Opportunity: Any
Volunteer Commitment: Short term (Less than one month), Long term (Commitment of at least 6 months expected), Part time (18 hours per week)
What Could Someone Gain From This Role?: If you have just half an hour a week to spare, this could be the volunteering opportunity for you. Trained and vetted volunteers offer conversation and companionship over the telephone to lonely older people who otherwise may not speak to anyone else that week. Times are flexible to suit and the calls are not chargeable to the volunteer.