Volunteer Support Worker & Befriender

Making Space Published: October 18, 2017
Ellesmere Port
Opportunity Type
Posted By
Hands On
Community Work
Suitable for under 18s


Our service in Rivacre is a residential service were people of a mixture of ages and varying mental health conditions are supported to develop their living skills, build their social networks and to do activities meaningful to the person to help cope living with a mental health condition and increase their independence. We are looking for volunteers to support residents with social and leisure activities such as going shopping, going for a coffee and just providing a listening ear. This will help with building people's confidence with going out in the community and promote their independence.

Key tasks will be:
To encourage residents to get involved in the community, to do activities in the communal area and to support
Providing a listening ear to people and keeping them company when they are feeling isolated.
To provide information and signpost people to other services when appropriate
To follow Health and Safety policy and to act responsibly
To follow Equality and Diversity policy
To follow lone working policy (e.g. logging in and out with staff at service when going out in the community with residents)
To volunteer a few hours a week that is flexible for you (including volunteering on weekends and evening but this is not essential)

No qualifications are needed but you do need to:
Have an interest in helping people.
Friendly and empathetic
Non judgemental
Good communication skills
An understanding confidentiality and professional boundaries.
A knowledge of mental health conditions is desirable but not essential
An awareness of safeguarding adults (training will also be provided on this)

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