One-to-one befriending and companionship

Guild Care

Register your Interest

Creating Connections is a new and exciting prevention service for those aged 65 and over. It aims to reduce loneliness and isolation in Worthing through companionship, shared interests, and community participation. 

The one-to-one befriender role is a flexible and enjoyable opportunity to spend time providing emotional support and companionship to an older person and connect them to others in their community.  It will involve:

  • Supporting an individual person for an agreed period of time, at a mutually agreeable time and location.
  • Make regular phone contact and/or meet the individual by home visiting.
  • To build up and maintain a close and supportive relationship to help the person to  rediscover social skills and increase confidence.
  • To provide company and friendship, assist with shopping, go for a walk and share activities.
  • To provide information and assistance to enable people to create connection with other people
  • Simple record keeping.


Skills

We are looking for friendly and reliable people who:

  • Have great listening skills and an ability to communicate with a range of different people.
  • Can empathise with older people who are feeling lonely or isolated.
  • Have a non-judgemental attitude and is accepting of people's differences.
  • Have some knowledge of local services in Worthing area.
  • Can role model our Values, maintain confidentiality and comply with appropriate policies.
  • Can work unsupervised in the local community (support and training will be provided).
  • Can provide satisfactory DBS Check.


Benefits

  • Making a difference to somebody's world, making them smile.
  • Building friendships and reducing own isolation.
  • Enjoyment and personal achievement.

Practical Considerations

This role will involve building relationships over time so an ability to:

  • commit to meeting regularly for a number of weeks at a mutually convenient time
  • travel to different homes, so access to transport will needed.

When do I need to be available?

Morning Afternoon Evening
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Sunday

Register your Interest

  • Details
  • Disabled Access
    This is in people's homes so we are unable to ensue disabled access
  • Equal Opportunities Policy or Statement
  • Expenses
  • Health and Safety
  • Induction
  • Insurance Cover for Volunteers
  • Suitable for 13 - 16 years
  • Suitable for 16 - 18 years
  • Suitable for a group of volunteers
  • Support on Offer
  • This role is adaptable for different abilities
  • Training