Location: Various

Time commitment: Flexible to suit volunteer/Service User

Role description: Provide regular social time on a one-to-one basis to an individual looking to make progress in their life and integrate into society.

Benefits to the volunteer: If you want to make a difference to someone who needs individual support, this could be the role for you. You will be able to develop social and personal skills, knowing that your involvement is making a difference. This could be helpful towards gaining experience in social care and would be attractive on a CV.

Main Tasks: As a befriender, your skills, personality and location will be matched appropriately to an individual who has requested support on a one-to-one basis. Helping the service user to integrate into the local community by e.g: going for a coffee in a café, going to the cinema or local event, encouraging a hobby or interest.

Required skills, qualities and experience: We are looking for volunteers who are understanding, patient, empathetic and good at listening.

Training and support available: You will be given induction training into the various aspects of the work and support and supervision from our Volunteer Coordinator or other Support Worker.

Reimbursement of expenses: Out of pocket expenses will be reimbursed, including travel expenses and the costs for your and service users’ reasonable activity expenses.

Essential requirements:

  • This role carries a requirement of an active Christian faith. As Street Connect is a Christian organisation this post carries an Occupational Requirement in line with the Equality Act 2010.
  • 21+ years of age.
  • PVG certificate

Recruitment process:

  • Application Form
  • Reference checks: Please note that one reference must be from your church minister or leader to ensure you have an active Christian faith and commitment
  • Roles that include direct support of participants also requires volunteers to become members of the PVG scheme (standard disclosure)
  • Interview
  • 3-month probation period

If you are interested in volunteering with us, please click the banner below to download and complete our application form. 

Sep 12, 2022