Kirklees Volunteer Befriending Scheme

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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.

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