Befrienders support survivors of trafficking to recover from their past and integrate into the community.
They work to provide holistic support by:
- Providing friendship and extra support to survivors of trafficking by building a relationship with them, going for coffees together, helping Snowdrop clients to go to community activities such as dance and sewing.
- Advocating for survivors at various appointments as necessary.
- Signposting clients to other organisations and services in Sheffield.
What skills do I need?
Experience of working with vulnerable communities/refugees/asylum-seekers or an equivalent health and social care educational background is desirable for this role but not essential.
Volunteers must be over the age of 18.
You will need to be computer literate and have a good standard of spoken and written English.
Be friendly and welcoming.
If you speak Urdu, Punjabi or Vietnamese we would particularly encourage you to apply.
What will I gain?
You will gain valuable experience working with vulnerable communities and learn from experienced social workers and trained professionals.
Training and support
Training is provided by professionals over 4 sessions and covers a range of topics you will also be offered the chance to attend additional optional training offered to volunteer caseworkers.
Befrienders receive professional group supervision quarterly (every 3 months).
This role may vary depending on whether you have a regular weekly befriending slot or you may volunteer as and when clients need help at appointments, but usually the role requires 1-3 hours per week commitment and can involve travelling around Sheffield.
DBS (criminal records) check
Various locations in Sheffield.
There are also opportunities to volunteer in Barnsley.
Travel expenses will be reimbursed.