Would you like to become a Befriending Volunteer? advertised by GlosJobs.co.uk

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CCP - Caring for Communities and People

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CCP - Caring for Communities and People
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340 High Street
Cheltenham
Glos
GL50 3JF

Tel: 0300 365 8999

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Would you like to become a Befriending Volunteer?

Gloucestershire

                                                         

What is befriending and why is it important?

Prior to the pandemic, loneliness and social isolation were so prevalent that it was described as a ‘behavioural epidemic’. The pandemic made it worse. Our befriending service helps to reduce isolation, encourage confidence and self-esteem, and get people out and about in the community. It is part of our wider CCP Community Wellbeing Service (CWS).

CCP’s Community Wellbeing Service (CWS) provides a Social Prescribing service to everyone in the community over the age of 16. Referrals are made via CCP’s website or telephone. All referrals are triaged by our team: some will be signposted to other services and others allocated to a Social Prescriber. The client then has an initial assessment with their Social Prescriber to set up a personal support plan, which will provide a structure for the support work to take place. The team also provide a ‘telefriending’ and 'befriending' service, where clients are supported and encouraged to socialise after their Social Prescribing has ended.

The CWS service also operates a Community Pantry at CCP’s head office where clients can shop for £3.50 a week and select £15-£20 value of fresh food and store cupboard supplies. There is also a Community Engagement Officer who runs social groups where clients can meet other people through fun activities, which build confidence and help to connect with the community.

To support the Primary Care Network (PCN) in their ongoing work, CCP is seeking volunteers who will help facilitate community befriending, to complement our telefriending offer and assist with health promotion. This may include supporting clients with leaving the house, using public transport, enjoying activities and escorting them to groups. The results of befriending can be very significant. It often provides people with a new direction in life, gives access to a range of activities, and leads to an increased sense of self-esteem and self-confidence.

Becoming a befriending volunteer

As a befriending volunteer you will benefit from undergoing a baseline Core Induction into CCP, which covers aspects of safeguarding, professional boundaries, and client engagement, along with department specific training and ongoing support. Volunteering can also have a profound positive impact on a person’s health and wellbeing by giving back to the community.

We are looking for people who are:

  • Friendly, empathetic and a good listener
  • Can establish and maintain appropriate boundaries
  • Can work on their own
  • Have a caring nature
  • Are non-judgemental and respectful
  • Are reliable and able to maintain confidentiality
  • Have good communication skills
  • Are good at summarising and noting down information
  • Are computer literate
  • Ideally have knowledge of issues affecting the client they are assigned.

PLEASE CLICK ON APPLY NOW IF YOU ARE INTERESTED.

 

Salary: UNPAID

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