When We Need You
From 25/08/2009 onwards
Befrienders offer support and form one-to one relationships with persons who may be lonely or isolated through their (mental) ill health. A befriender aims to improve and extend an individual's soical network, and help them become more involved and feel included in the thier own community. It involves: meeting your friend regularly to gain confidence and take part in mutually agreed social activity; helping your friend to gain confidence in social settings; encourging the developing of a warm, mutual and respectful relationship. You will be offered a regular support and supervision meeting with the service co-ordinator, to whom you will be able to refer any difficulties or concerns.
About Birchwood Highland - Ross-shire
To promote the welfare of service users with a view to maximise their idependence and choice. To support and practice recovery in all the work we do. To use our experience and knowledge to influence decision making about standard practices and legislation both locally and in Scotland.
Skills & Experience
Honesty, reliability, non-judgemental attitude, good listening skills, effective communication skills.
Dependant on location, initial training and introductions are done at the Service Office. Thereafter the befriender & befriendee can arrange to meet at a mutually convenient location subject to approval.
Due to our current client group we do not support anyone under the age of 18 at this time.
Application Form, Induction/Training, Informal Chat, Interview, Police Check, References, Trial Period
Training and Induction Details
Befriending training (6 hours) is given on appointment along with induction. Thereafter ongoing trainig is provided. Regular supervision sessions are given and co-ordinator support is available 24 hours.
Befriending / Mentoring
Travel and general out of pocket expenses. Assistance with child-care costs Mileage rate 40p per mile
Frequency & Commitment
Minimum 4 hours per month and a commitment of one year.
Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age.
Opportunity Provided By
Bridgend Business Park
Contact: Highland Third Sector Partnership