Provide companionship and social support to individuals who have mental health issues
What is the Kirklees Volunteer Befriending Scheme?
The Kirklees Volunteer Befriending Scheme is a scheme which provides companionship and support to individuals who have Mental Health issues, residing in the Kirklees area.
What is a Volunteer Befriender?
A Volunteer Befriender will assist an individual to take part in everyday activities and provide social inclusion and emotional support.
Who can be a Volunteer Befriender?
We welcome Volunteer Befrienders from all backgrounds, over the age of 18 who are willing to support an individual residing in the Kirklees area.
How do I become a Volunteer Befriender?
To join our existing team of Volunteer Befrienders, you will need to fill in an application form, provide 2 references and have an informal interview.
As your role will require you to work with vulnerable adults, we will need to carry out a check with the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).
Before you start, you will complete comprehensive induction training so you feel confident in your role as a Volunteer Befriender
What support will I receive?
As well as an induction you will have access to other training relevant to your role as a Volunteer Befriender. You will also have regular supervisions and ongoing support from the Scheme Manager and Volunteer Co-ordinators.
Will it cost me anything?
The only thing it will cost you is your time! All we ask is that you commit a couple of hours once a fortnight and in return we will reimburse any out of pocket expenses i.e. travel.