Older People Volunteer Befrienders (Worthing)

Time to Talk Befriending

Register your Interest

Do you have a big heart for older people? Could you be a friendly face to visit an older person who spends long periods of time alone? Even if you can only spare a couple of hours per month, becoming a volunteer befriender is extremely rewarding  and is proven to be a lifeline so please don't hesitate to contact us today if you would like to make a difference.

It is a fact that inter-generational befriending transforms lives, however we are just skimming the surface in terms of need. There are still thousands of older people living in our local neighborhoods who are alone and have no one to regularly talk.

That is why we need your help! By becoming a volunteer befriender, you will not only be matched with an amazing older person for companionship once a week or once a fortnight, but you will also be actively helping us achieve our goal of tackling the serious issue of loneliness among the older population head on.

Help us make a huge difference in the Worthing community by contacting the Time to Talk Befriending team today on 01273 737710 or email volunteers@tttb.org.uk

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Skills

We are looking for volunteers who have a heart for older people.

  • Good communication skills are essential, however we do offer basic communication and listening skills training to all of our volunteers.
  • Experience of working with older people would be an advantage.

Benefits

Benefits of this Opportunity:

  • Improve life-chances and the general well-being of an older person who feels isolated & lonely.
  • Ongoing training: communication skills, mental health awareness, safeguarding vulnerable adults.
  • Be part of a team of individuals and agencies who are working towards reducing loneliness and social isolation

Practical Considerations

Role and recruitment info:

Please note that due to the COVID-19 outbreak, volunteers will start their be-friendships over the phone, until home visits are allowed.

A Volunteer Application Form, Equalities Form and Information Pack will be sent to the volunteer. (Please be sure to check your junk/spam email folder to ensure you don't miss any correspondence from the organisation.)

Once the application form is returned, it will be assessed against Time to Talk Befriending criteria. References will be applied for within 2 weeks.

Instructions on how to apply for a DBS check (Disclosure Barring Service) will be sent to the volunteer by email.  

Whilst people are advised to stay home, the ID-checking part of the DBS check can be done online.

Volunteer will be invited to do a short online induction and, when possible, we'll try to schedule in a call/ or video call.

Volunteer will be matched to a compatible older person who will be aged 65+ with limited or no family or friends in their network, resulting in them being isolated and feeling lonely.

Befriending schedule agreed and role begins.

When do I need to be available?

Start Date 01/05/2019
End Date 02/10/2020
Details Volunteers must be available to visit in the Adur or Worthing areas.
Morning Afternoon Evening
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Sunday

Where does this role take place?

Adur and Worthing

Register your Interest

  • Details
  • Disabled Access
  • Equal Opportunities Policy or Statement
  • Expenses
  • Health and Safety
  • Induction
  • Insurance Cover for Volunteers
  • Other
    Safeguarding policy and protocols
  • Suitable for 13 - 16 years
    Only if accompanied by a parent
  • Suitable for 16 - 18 years
  • Suitable for a group of volunteers
  • Suitable only for (e.g. 18+, LGBT, BAME, Women only)
    16+. For younger volunteers they must be with a parent.
  • Support on Offer
  • Training