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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Coronavirus (Covid 19) Statement

Due to the exceptional circumstances due to the ongoing Coronavirus (also known as Covid 19) and the Government rules about self-isolating it is very important to reduce the risk of cross infection to all our Clients and staff teams. Our teams are working hard to support all our clients and are committed to keeping everyone as safe as possible.

This means that, in most circumstances, and in line with government information regarding self-isolation and staying at home there should be no visitors to any of our services.

We know, however, that this will be very distressing for some of our Clients.

Therefore, we are saying there must be no visitors to services unless there are exceptional circumstances and the visit is essential.

Before a visit can take place, this must be risk assessed by the manager considering government advice and the individual circumstances. Before setting off on any visit to your relative/friend please get in contact with St Anne’s staff to discuss your visit.

Our services are using all kinds of technology, including social media to make sure that the people we support can stay in touch with those important to them

St Anne’s has developed a visitors protocol to enable visits to begin again in North Yorkshire, East Yorkshire, Durham, Middlesbrough and Leeds care homes.

In line with Government & local Council Guidelines each Client may have one family member or other person who is close to them visit on a regular basis.

Decisions where visitors can go are being based on Individual Local Authority advice following Government guidelines.

This message will be updated regularly