Volunteer Befriender [20484]

Food Train
Dumfries and Galloway
Yes. Full training is provided for volunteer befrienders by Food Train staff.
Person Specification ~ Essential • Befrienders need to be friendly, sociable and patient people with a caring manner. • You must be a motivated, reliable, trustworthy and enthusiastic individual who can be responsive and flexible on delivering positive outcomes and experiences for your befriendee • Good verbal communication skills are required as well as being a people person with a sense of humour who can adapt to any situation and respond well to changes in other people’s behaviour Person Specification ~ Desirable but not essential • There are no formal educational requirements for this role, however knowledge of the needs of older people acquired through life and family experiences, training received or practice-based experience • Enthusiastic about working with, or caring for, older people • Driver with access to a car is helpful but not essential

Opportunities available at branches across the region (Annan, Dumfries, Castle Douglas, Newton Stewart, Stranraer)

Purpose of Position:
Food Train is an award-winning charity providing services to older people who are no longer able to manage independently, through age, ill health, frailty or disability. The aim of Food Train Friends is to improve quality of life for our members, by providing them with a befriending service on a regular basis. Volunteers provide a consistent and reliable support to help customers experience social interaction on a regular basis.

They must be able to attend at flexible hours and various locations as the service requires

The role
• Provide an effective befriending service for your befriendee (either on the telephone, in their homes or on group outings/activities)
• Spend time with your befriendee and simply chat, listen and discuss various topics
• Make the service, events attended and conversations interesting and fun
• Be reliable and presentable
• Provide monitoring and reporting information as required on time spent and activities with the befriendee to the project staff
• Attend volunteer meetings, training events and 1-2-1 updates with service staff

Time required
1-2 hours per week/fortnight. Commitment minimum 3 months.