Job Title: Volunteer Befriender
Salary: Voluntary Role
Hours: 1 – 2 hours per week, during the weekday
Length of Contract: Flexible
Closing Date: N/A
Interview Date: By arrangement
MHA Live at Home’s Community Support Project is a recent initiative in Leeds working closely with the Live at Home schemes in the Horsforth, Farsley, Pudsey and South Leeds areas to enable older people to live later life well.
Volunteer Befrienders visit, support and motivate older people who may be recovering from a period of ill health, a hospital stay or have experienced a breakdown in their social networks.
The Befrienders help them rebuild their confidence to go out and reconnect with their community.
They are recruiting enthusiastic and dedicated Volunteer Befrienders to provide an older person with short-term support:
- Just one or two hours of your time each week; daytime Mon – Fri
- Short term support for up to 10 or 12 weeks
- Make a real positive difference to reduce and prevent loneliness
- Become a valuable link in connecting people back to their community
- Help reduce the risk of re-admission to hospital.
If you can spare a few hours on a week day, please contact their Volunteer Coordinator Sue Oliver now to find out more and apply to become their next Volunteer Befriender.
Applications are particularly encouraged from anyone over 50 and/or male.
Full training and support is provided, as well as access to a friendly and caring volunteering team network.
For more information contact Sue Oliver, Volunteer Coordonator: LeedsVolunteering.Liveathome@mha.org.uk
Live at Home
Live at Home was established in 1989 by MHA, an award winning national charity providing care, accommodation and support services for older people throughout Britain.
The local Live at Home schemes in Leeds offer services and support to help older people lead independent, active and fulfilled lives and to live well in their own homes.
The Community Support Project is a National Lottery funded project working with Time to Shine and Leeds Older People’s Forum.