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Role of a Volunteer Befriender

The volunteer will meet regularly on either a weekly or fortnightly basis for a few hours at a time with the service user they are matched with.  The idea is for the volunteer and service user to meet up and do activities that will be enjoyable and fun to do over a structured period of time.

The emphasis on the befriending support is to enhance the quality of a person's life by supporting and promoting his/her welfare, personal development and capacity for self determination. 

Certain aims and objectives have been set for us to achieve with those who are accessing the service within the 4 sections of the befriending scheme.

Children and Young People - 7 to 15 years

Our Aim is: To support vulnerable young persons between the age of 7 and 15 years on a one to one basis with a trained volunteer who are experiencing significant difficulties in their life and who would benefit from the input of a volunteer

Our objectives we hope to achieve whilst providing one to one support are:

  • Develop a greater degree of self confidence and emotional growth
  • Develop greater capacity to make use of their own personal resources
  • Develop greater capacity to form and maintain positive relationships with others
  • Develop a greater degree of feelings of achivement
  • Develop their current skills and abilities and experience new activities

Children and Young People with Additional Support Needs - 7 to 18 Years

Our Aim is: To support the young persons with identified additional support needs aged between 7 and 18 years who will benefit from the input of a volunteer on a one to one basis or with the presence of a carer when deemed necessary

Our objectives we hope to achieve whilst providing one to one support are:

  • To improve access to mainstream activities
  • To have a greater sense of achievement
  • To have increased confidence and self esteem

Adults - 16+ Years

Our Aim is: To support vulnerable individuals aged 16+ years that are currently living in their own home, who are significantly socially isolated with very limited social contact with others, who may be experiencing a period of significant loss or change in their lives and would benefit from the input of a volunteer

Our objectives we hope to achieve whilst providing one to one support are:

  • To increase their ability to continue to manage their own home and to live independently
  • To encourage them to make positive choices and decisions that affects them
  • To reduce feelings of social isolation
  • To reduce feelings of loneliness
  • To increase their ability to take part in purposeful activities out with their own home
  • To increase their opportunities to take part in group activities
  • To increase their ability to have improved social interactions with others in their community 

Adults - 60+ Years affected by Dementia

Our Aim is: To support an older member of the community who is affected by Dementia, currently living in their own home, who is significantly socially isolated with very limited social contact with others, who may be experiencing a period of significant loss or change in their lives and would benefit from the input of a volunteer

Our objectives we hope to achieve whilst providing one to one support are:

  • To encourage their feelings that they have been listened to and understood
  • To help to reduce the feelings of loneliness and increase positive feelings about life
  • To increase their sense of well-being
  • To increase their feelings of feeling safe, valued and respected
  • To increase their confidence to do the things that matter to them
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