As a volunteer befriender you'll offer support and friendship to adults with learning disabilities and/or autism. Members of the scheme may also have a physical or sensory disability, and mental health needs.
Befrienders will meet people outside their homes, and go out locally together to do activities chosen by members. This could be going for a walk, cycling round the park, or helping with grocery shopping.Download our befriender leaflet
This is an exciting project launched in response to the impact that prolonged periods of isolation have had on those who are vulnerable within our community. You’ll give people regular valuable contact with someone outside their immediate support bubble, helping them feel less alone.
You’ll support them to maintain positive mental health and encourage communication on meaningful topics or shared interests, helping promote positive outlooks and raised confidence.
Ideally we’d like our befrienders to commit to visiting one of our members a week, and spending up to two hours with them. We're asking for a commitment of at least 6 months to enable us to give our members some stability.
Who we're looking for
There are many qualities and characteristics that create a strong and valuable befriender. We need volunteers who are:
- Good listeners
- Able to understand how a learning disability can impact somebody's life
- Able to approach new people without prejudice
- Honest and trustworthy
- Committed and reliable
- Respectful of confidentiality
- Friendly and warm
- Empathetic and compassionate
- Professional in their approach
- Able to offer a caring and understanding presence
- Local to Wandsworth or Lambeth, or willing to travel there
|Befriending Networks, a charity providing support, training and guidance to hundreds of befriending projects across the UK. Befriending Networks envisages a society that values befriending, recognises its importance, and provides befriending support to everyone who needs it.|
Want to find out more? Listen to Rory and Michael talk about what befriending means to them.
Complete our online application form.
If you'd like to have a chat about the role, or you'd like any help with the application, please contact us:
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 020 7924 2949.