Volunteer befrienders offer social contact to people with dementia. You will provide companionship either in their home, over the telephone or in their local community. Your involvement aims to help someone in the early stages of dementia to feel less isolated and part of an enjoyable social relationship.
Volunteer befrienders give up to two hours on the same day and at the same time each week and ideally will be able to do so over a minimum of six months.
Telephone befrienders come into Alzheimer's Society offices in Aylesbury to make their calls, each one of which will last for no more than half an hour.
Group befrienders meet together on a Tuesday morning at 10.00am and take their befriendees into a local coffee shop or similar venue in Aylesbury town centre.
Face to face befrienders either stay in the home of their befriendee or might go into the local community to support them to participate in a previously agreed social and/or recreational activity.
For all 3 types of befriending role, a short report is required after each visit, meeting or conversation.
The role may be ideal for you if you:
• Know about, or are willing to learn about, dementia and its impact on people
• Have good verbal communication and listening skills, especially face to face
• Are happy to volunteer in isolation, yet understand you are part of a team
• Recognise the importance of confidentiality, and can show this in practice
• Are prepared to undergo an induction into the role and attend necessary training and similar learning activities to help you in your role
• Have the ability to volunteer within service boundaries
• Are comfortable following policies, procedures and guidance
Please note: an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Services check is required for this role.