‘Buddy Up To Get Back Out’ Telephone/In-person Befriending Volunteer Role Description
At Age UK Bristol we help make sure that everyone in Bristol can love later life. We do this by supporting and empowering older people, helping other organisations to work together, and championing the interests of older people in the city.
Our organisational objectives are to:
We do this by:
Volunteers are important and valued members of the team at Age UK Bristol. We will do our best to make your volunteer experience enjoyable and rewarding.
Buddy Up Befriending aims to:
This role can be carried out either as a Telephone Befriender or as an In-person Befriender (or a combination of both).
We are looking for people who can be:
We offer an introduction training and follow up support sessions
Most phone calls last up to 30 minutes. In-person visits may last for around an hour. We welcome volunteers who can commit to two or more calls/visits each week.
A monthly one-to-one supervision session is held with the project’s manager.
We also encourage volunteers to take part in a group support session every 2 months.
** Please note that to ensure support from paid staff is always available, all volunteer roles are carried out Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm.**
Telephone befriending, as well as the training and supervision sessions, can be carried out from your own home.
In-person visits are carried out in your befriendee’s home or in a public setting such as a café or local activity.
We have a number of options regarding covering the cost of the telephone calls which we can discuss. You will not be out of pocket as a result of your volunteering.
For further questions, please contact Age UK Bristol’s volunteer co-ordinator, Jay Wilkinson. To apply for the role, please fill in and return a Volunteer Application Form via email to Jay.