OxBEL Volunteers offer caring friendship and companionship in a non-judgmental and supportive way. They visit the person they befriend at mutually convenient times and do not have to be available at the same time on the same day every week.
- Visits can happen in the service user's home, care home, hospital, hospice, or out and about depending on what is appropriate at the time.
- Some volunteers also give practical help to those they are befriending, such as taking them to hospital, out to the shops or helping them to access local health and social services. This is not an essential part of the service, but may sometimes be appropriate.
- The volunteer's visit may also give a few hours' break to carers.
Volunteers provide a safe space for the person living with a life limiting illness and the people who care for and about them to explore their feelings. Most importantly we do everything possible to support living life to the full!
As a volunteer, you will be trained before you start befriending and you will receive ongoing support and supervision from OxBEL staff. Regular support groups also give you the chance to socialise with fellow befrienders and to offer support and encouragement to each other.
While volunteers can have a wide range of personal/spiritual beliefs, they do not impose their views on others. We respect and value all diverse identities in society.
Read our frequently asked questions about volunteering with OxBEL
For more information or to express and interest in volunteering with OxBEL, please fill out our contact form below or call us on 01235 849427. We look forward to working with you!
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