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We pair volunteer befrienders with socially isolated older neighbours in the community to pop-in, once-a-week, for a cuppa and a chat. Can you befriend by sparing 30 mins, on the way to the shops or coming home from lectures, to connect with an older neighbour in your community.

Befriender 2020/21

This opportunity takes place until 31 Aug 2021.

b:friend aims to reduce social isolation in South Yorkshire. We would match you up with one of our isolated Older Neighbours and ask you to phone each week to provide a little company to people who otherwise don't see many people. Currently all communication is done remotely via telephone. In person visits may be possible in the future.

What skills do I need?

Be friendly and warm. Feel comfortable starting conversations with somebody new. Be a good listener.

What will I gain?

You will learn about the real Sheffield. You will learn about the lives people of this city have lived. You will learn how to communicate with people generations older than you, about their lives, their challenges and the things that make them happy. You will gain a new friend.

Training and support

When you register with us we provide an induction, including information on safeguarding and data protection. Each volunteer is assigned to a volunteer coordinator who you may contact at any time with any concerns you may have. We have a confidential counselling service that all volunteers have access to.

Time commitment

We ask you to commit to at least an hour a week for an open ended period of time. We hope that our pairings develop into an organic friendship between you and the person we match you with.

Food

No

Travel

Yes

Childcare

No

DBS (criminal records) check

Yes

Location

By telephone. When Covid restrictions allow, in the Older Neighbour's home

Travel information

Older Neighbours live throughout South Yorkshire. We try to pair you with someone living close to you. Travel would be down to yourself to arrange but expenses can be claimed back.
  • CausesOlder people, Social isolation
  • FrequencyEvery week
  • WhenMonday morning, Monday afternoon, Monday evening, Tuesday morning, Tuesday afternoon, Tuesday evening, Wednesday morning, Wednesday afternoon, Wednesday evening, Thursday morning, Thursday afternoon, Thursday evening, Friday morning, Friday afternoon, Friday evening, Saturday morning, Saturday afternoon, Saturday evening, Sunday morning, Sunday afternoon, Sunday evening
  • Skills and InterestsBefriending, Communication skills, Listening
  • Careers and AspirationsPsychology, Social work, Third sector and charity work

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