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Becoming a Befriender

Our befrienders come from all walks of life. They range from 18 to 80+ and include students, parents of young children, part time and full time workers while some are retired. Whatever your background or circumstances you can befriend if:

  • You like talking to others
  • You are able to listen
  • You have a couple of hours each week/fortnight that you would enjoy spending with an older person

As a befriender you would:

  • Have an informal interview with one of our Coordinators.
  • Have references checked and undergo an enhanced disclosure.
  • Take part in an initial training course. The introduction to Befriending course runs over two sessions and covers topics such as What is Befriending and Why is it Needed, Confidentiality and Boundaries, Communication and Listening Skills, Supporting and Protecting Adults from Harm and Health and Safety.
  • Be matched with a compatible client, visiting them weekly or fortnightly. Popular befriending activities include home visits for a cup of tea and a chat, playing board games, a trip out for a coffee, to the local shops or sharing hobbies or interests.
  • Receive ongoing support and supervision. Volunteers have regular contact with their Coordinator and have access to training opportunities and social events.
  • Be reimbursed for any out of pocket expenses.

If you feel that volunteering as a befriender with K & D Befriending is for you please contact us to find out more or follow the instructions in the application pack (please select the pack for the area in which you reside).

Volunteer Befriender Application Pack Kincardine

Volunteer Befriender Application Pack Deeside