Befriender Volunteer - Lewes Area

The Royal Air Forces Association

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Right now, there are RAF veterans in the Lewes and North Brighton area who are lonely and isolated. As a Befriender Volunteer, you could step in to change that. It wouldn’t take much of your time and it’s a great way to use your skills, give something back and feel good.

The Royal Air Forces Association (or RAF Association), is a member-led, registered welfare charity that provides welfare support to Serving and Ex-Serving RAF personnel and their families. 

The aim of the Befriender role is to help alleviate isolation and loneliness, by giving time to listen to people either in person or over the phone and to encourage communication on a shared interest or topic, to ensure that the beneficiary remains part of the community and feels socially connected. 

Skills

Befriender volunteers need to be:

  • Caring and empathetic, with the ability to build a rapport with others and put them at ease, through a friendly and sensitive approach
  • Good listeners and communicators
  • Reliable and dependable
  • Able to put people who may be anxious or worried, at their ease Aware of some local social groups the beneficiary could get involved in or be able to research this for them 

Benefits

This is an opportunity to play a key role in helping the RAF Association deliver valuable support to members of the RAF Family, and is something to feel proud of.

Befriender volunteers will develop a wide variety of skills, including:

  • Experience of welfare work
  • Listening and communications skills
  • Building relationships with a wide variety of people
  • Team working skills

Practical Considerations

Practical Considerations:

  • Befriender volunteers will need to be 18 years of age or over and be prepared to undertake an Enhanced DBS check, which is required for this role.
  • Befriender volunteers are required to attend a one day training course which is free and for which expenses will be paid.
  • All volunteers should be able to work in a non-judgemental and professional manner.
  • Out of pocket expenses will be reimbursed in line with the RAF Association volunteering and expenses policies.

When do I need to be available?

Details Befriender volunteers are asked to commit to: - One day of initial training, which is provided free of charge and for which travel expenses will be reimbursed. - As much time as you can offer to the role. Each visit to a beneficiary would be around one to two hours, or more if desired by both parties, this can be either a short or long term support package.
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Where does this role take place?

Lewes
Lewes
BN7 2UP

Register your Interest

  • Details
  • Appropriate for (e.g. 18+, LGBT, BME, Women only)
    18+
  • Disabled Access
    Dependent on location
  • Equal Opportunities Policy or Statement
  • Expenses
    Out of pocket expenses will be reimbursed in line with the RAF Association volunteering and expenses policies.
  • Health and Safety
  • Induction
    In the form of one day training course.
  • Insurance Cover for Volunteers
  • Suitable for 13 - 16 years
  • Suitable for 16 - 18 years
  • Suitable for a group of volunteers
  • Support on Offer
    Ongoing support provided by local Area Welfare Team
  • Training
    One day of initial training, which is provided free of charge and for which travel expenses will be reimbursed.