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Befriending volunteer

As an Information & Advice Volunteer you can help support and advise older people in Brighton & Hove.

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What is the role?

To provide information and advice to older people and their carers, friends and relatives

What you will get out of it

  • It's a great way to make a real difference to someone's life
  • You'll be giving something to your community
  • You get to be part of Age UK Brighton & Hove's volunteer team
  • Training from Age UK Brighton & Hove

What is expected of me?

Some examples of what you may do are:

  • To receive referrals from the Manager of the service
  • To visit one or more clients at a pre-arranged time each week
  • To encourage clients to work towards self-selected goals which have been agreed with the Service Manager at the time of assessment (for example practising walking to a local shop)
  • To offer support while encouraging independence
  • To encourage clients to monitor their progress in a diary
  • To be aware of clients’ limitations and to work within health and safety guidelines
  • To make contact with the Manager of the service on a weekly basis in order to give an update of the work and to discuss any issues of concern (for example, changes to the risk assessment or a concern about boundaries)
  • To work with a client for an initial period of 6 sessions, continuing for a maximum of 6 months subject to a review of the clients needs by the Manager of the service
  • To be involved in the client’s review after 6 weeks (and again after 6 months if appropriate)
  • To attend team meetings and ongoing training as required
  • To provide shadowing opportunities for new volunteers
  • To ensure that the Manager of the service is informed when cover needs to be arranged due to illness or holidays