Befriending & Wellbeing Support Volunteers

 

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Organisation Information
Wimbledon Guild of Social Welfare
Opportunity Description

The Wimbledon Guild is dedicated to supporting ageing, encouraging mental wellbeing and tackling poverty throughout the London Borough of Merton. We support as many local people as we can and help them through challenging periods of their lives. Our aim is to be there for anyone who might need our help.

Some of our Befriending customers have little or no social contact and a visit from a Befriender can make a very real difference to their life – something to look forward to each week!

 

What will you be doing?

Visiting an isolated older person in their own home (usually weekly) and offering companionship; providing help with small household tasks as previously arranged (eg. reading post); accompanying customer out for a walk if they are mobile (driving when/if appropriate); any other activities mutually agreed by both volunteer and customer; providing regular reports to the Befriending manager via a Wimbledon Guild email address.

 

Who will you volunteer with?

Visits are on a one-to-one basis, although you will be accompanied by the Befriending Manager initially; you will have the full support of The Wimbledon Guild staff team and we will always check with you to see how things are going.

 

What is the commitment?

Just a few hours a week can make a huge difference to someone’s wellbeing. This could be weekdays, weekends, mornings, afternoons, or evenings. As it is based on mutual agreement between the Volunteer and the Customer, times are often flexible. Due to the nature of the role we ask for a minimum commitment of 6 months. You will also deliver short customer update reports to the manager via a Wimbledon Guild email address which we will provide for you.

 

What can you expect from The Wimbledon Guild?

A satisfying and rewarding experience – a chance to make a real difference in someone’s life; the chance to develop new skills; feeling part of a vibrant and dedicated team; training including 'Mobility Awareness Training' and/or other relevant training (great for your CV!); reimbursed out of pocket expenses.

 

Get in touch and make a difference!

 

Essential Skills
Essential Skills: 
Mentoring / Providing Support
Listening Skills
Verbal Communication Skills
Desired Skills
Desired Skills: 
Managing other people
Planning Projects / Events
Driving
Mentoring
Teamwork
Interests
Interests: 
Befriending
Buddying
Mental Health
Mentoring
Older People
People with Disabilities
Training
Driving
Practical Considerations
Is a driving licence required?: 
No
Is this opportunity at a location with full disabled access?: 
No
When are Volunteers required?
Morning: 
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Sunday
Afternoon: 
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Sunday
Evening: 
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Sunday
Flexible


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