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  • Befriender
    with Fife Carers Centre

    Volunteer Opportunity No. VO61702 - Created/last updated: 05/07/2018



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    About this opportunity:Unpaid carers are often too busy caring to think about themselves. You can make a difference by befriending a carer to help them to take a little time for themselves.
    The opportunity involves meeting up with your matched Carer once a week for 2-3 hours. The aim is to help Carers feel less isolated, excluded or lonely by getting back out into the community and increasing their social circle so that they, ultimately, no longer need a befriender.
    Volunteers may accompany Carers to a local cafe, go on an outing with a local walking group, use the library or the many other community resources available. Some Carers may need support to build up to getting out and about; perhaps they need help to build their confidence or are just not sure what they want to do. Some Carers will just want to have someone to talk to.

    Takes place:
    morningsafternoonsevenings
    Mondays
    Tuesdays
    Wednesdays
    Thursdays
    Fridays
    Saturdays
    Sundays
    Minimum age:18
    Maximum age:no upper age limit has been specified
    Training provided:There are 3 half days of initial training covering a wide range of topics. On-going training will be needs led and there will be refresher courses on offer. Regular support will be offered in face to face meetings, on the phone or by email.
    Out of pocket expenses paid?
    Yes - Mileage allowance, public transport rates, out of pocket expenses for light refreshments and other reasonable expenses will be paid weekly.

    Experience required:Fife Carers are looking for volunteers who are able to commit to a minimum of 6 months and have the following attributes:- Friendly, warm and caring with compassion for unpaid carers. Good listening and communication skills. Respectful of others' life choices, values and beliefs. Able to work on own initiative. Keen to continue learning through free training and experience.

    Restrictions on who can volunteer
    No restrictions were specified.

    Application process:Application Form; Induction/Training; Interview; PVG membership required; References

    Taster available?No, not for this opportunity.

    Travel DetailsThe opportunity is Fife-wide although volunteers will be matched to Carers in their local area.

    Saltire AwardThis opportunity is compatible with the Saltire Awards for volunteers aged 12-25.

    What Now?

    To enquire/register an interest in this opportunity please call us on 0800 389 6046, e-mail us, or fill out this brief form:
     
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