Matching a Volunteer Befriender
Our one to one befriending service could not run without the help of our amazing volunteers. Many older people in North East Lincolnshire have little to no social interaction during the week, and really benefit from seeing a friendly face.
Volunteering just one hour a week of your time could make such a difference and will be incredibly valuable to someone in need. You can provide someone with a window to the outside world and enjoy their company as well. We match our members and volunteer befrienders based on personality and interests, so that a real friendship can grow.
Who Can Volunteer
Anyone over the age of 18 can volunteer with us (16+ for social clubs). Currently our volunteer ages range from 23 to 85! Just as our members are diverse in their backgrounds, our volunteers also have a wide range of backgrounds. We have volunteers who are students, retired, unemployed, employed, disabled, non-disabled, or people who have previously undertaken a caring role.
You can volunteer as much time as you would like in the week, and we will do our best to work around the hours you are available.
We offer a variety of volunteering roles, where you can gain valuable experience and a sense of fulfilment.
- One to one befriending: Giving one to one support and friendship to older people who are physically frail or socially isolated, in the comfort of their own home.
- Volunteer drivers: Transport to and from our social clubs is a real issue for some older people who may benefit from a regular visitor.
- Assisted Shopping: Part of our Independent Living service – our volunteers assist members with their shopping when mobility, transport or confidence is an issue.
- Social Club volunteering: Help at one of our weekly social clubs or assisting on day trips.
- Residential befriending: We offer one-to-one befriending to older people in care homes who may benefit from a regular visitor.
- Fundraising volunteering: Organising events to raise funds for our charity.
- Telephone Befriending: Giving a regular call to someone who may be in need of a friendly ear.
- Becoming a Trustee: Offer your expertise in a relevant field and sit on our Trustee Board. If you are interested in becoming a Trustee please contact us directly.
What Happens Next
If you are interested in volunteering with Friendship at Home, make sure to ask yourself the following questions:
- Do you have a few hours to spare?
- Do you want to make a difference to someone’s life?
- Do you want to meet new people?
- Do you want to enrich the lives of others?
- Do you want to introduce people to new, beneficial experiences?
If the answer to any, or all, of the questions above is “Yes” then we’d love to hear from you!
Our volunteer application form can be downloaded below.