We are a local charity who engage with disabled children, young people and their families across the Bristol, Bath and North East Somerset region. We have been successfully supporting people to access volunteer befriending services and group activities in the area for over 40 years. This would not be possible without the support of our volunteers and we are currently recruiting so that we can continue this great work and reach out to more families.
More information about Time2Share is available on our website www.time2share.org.uk
About the role
Our 1 to1 befriending service involves volunteers spending regular time with a young person doing something they both enjoy. Spending just a couple of hours a week or fortnight with a befriender can make a dramatic difference to the lives of disabled children and the people who care for them. It can enable young people to increase their confidence and independence, develop their life skills, become less isolated, build their own friendships and of course have fun! It also provides parents and families with the chance to have a break from their caring responsibilities.
Some examples of the sort of activities our volunteers and young people do together are:
• Going to the cinema
• Playing and watching sports
• Arts and crafts
• Sight seeing and day trips
• Playing video games and board games
What we are looking for
Our volunteers come from a wide variety of backgrounds and ages and you do not need previous experience of working with children or disabled people to become a befriender. If you are enthusiastic, committed, responsible, have a positive attitude and think you could be a good role model then this could be the ideal volunteering role for you! All we ask is that you spend regular time with a young person and try to commit to befriending for at a least a year.
What you can expect
Befriending can offer a unique chance to have fun with a young person and make a positive impact on their life, at the same time as helping you to develop new skills, knowledge and experience that will look great on your CV!! (there is a case study of one of our befriending links' attached which highlights these benefits and may inspire you to get involved!)
It is very important to us that you are linked with a young person that shares your interests and you are happy to spend time with, and we do everything we can to help you feel supported and confident in your volunteering role. To help achieve this we provide:
• Induction training and ongoing training/development opportunities
• Ongoing support and advice from our Volunteer Co-ordinators
• Expenses paid
• Regular Volunteer Social Events