Our Gateshead

Volunteer Befriender Role

Description of what will be involved: 

Gateshead Carers offer a befriending service which aims to provide adult unpaid in Gateshead a break from their caring role.  We do this by matching a volunteer befriender with the person being cared for (befriendee)

The tasks include:

  • To meet with the befriendee on a regualr basis at an agreed place and time.  This may be at the person's home or at an activity
  •  to develop postitive relationships with that person (training provided)
  •  to manage appropriate boundaries (training provided)
  •  to maintain regular contact with the Volunteer Coordinator and report and issues or concerns (training provided)
  •  to adhere to Gateshead Carers policies and procedures appropriate to the role.
  •  to attend any relevant training arranged by Gateshead Carers.



Opportunity Location: 
Skills and qualifications needed: 
  • Friendly and caring
  •  general awareness of issues facing carers and the people that they care for (awareness raising training)
  •  Good communication skills, including listening skills (training provided)
  •  Commitment to the role
  •  Reliable and trustworthy
  • non-judgemental
  •  have a flexible approach to the role
  •  be 18 years and above  
Does opportunity require DBS check?: 
Additional Information: 

Days and times to volunteer will vary 

Opportunity start date: 
1st August 2019
Opportunity end date: 
Saturday, 1 August, 2020

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