Befriender (Buddy Service)
When We Need You
From 05/03/2008 to 06/03/2012
Buddies are volunteers who come from a wide range of backgrounds and bring differing life experiences. They share a desire to offer dedicated 1:1 support to people living with an HIV or Hep C diagnosis, recognising that stigma and discrimination can result in people living with a high degree of social and emotional isolation. Buddies offer companionship, social contact and practical support in the context of an open, honest and consistent befriending relationship.
About Waverley Care
Waverley Care is Scotland's largest charity providing care and support to people infected or affected by HIV.or Hep C It oversees the work of Milestone House, a residential unit offering respite and day care services. A range of community projects are available, providing support and informationfor people living with or affected by HIV or Hep C.
Skills & Experience
Understanding of and committment to confidentiality, ablility to recognise and monitor personal boundaries, openess to other lifestyles, willingness to engage with and address difficult issues, willingness to reflect on and learn from experience, ability.
Training and support take place at Milestone House and Mansfield Place. Befriending contact is community/home-based and matching process takes account of geography and access issues.
Application Form, Induction/Training, Informal Chat, Interview, Police Check, References, Trial Period
Training and Induction Details
Induction training run over 4 Saturdays. Consideration would be given to those unable to attend on Saturdays, but that could attend training on week nights.
Befriending / Mentoring
Child care costs paid for attendance of support groups and supervision. Public transport expenses paid. Mileage rate of 40p per mile. Reasonable meal costs reimbursed for volunteering over 4 hours per day.
No Disabled Toilet
Frequency & Commitment
2 hours per Week. Minimum Commitment: 18 Months
Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age.
Opportunity Provided By
3 Mansfield place
Contact: Sally Wright
Tel: 0131 3129953