Becoming a volunteer befriender

Volunteer Befreinders come from all walks of life and backgrounds.  There's someone out there, waiting to be matched with the right person and it could be you!

FAQS-

Why do I need training to go and visit someone?
Being asked to go on training can be scary for some folk but it's very informal and fun. It’s necessary to get some insight into how the service works, what’s expected from you and give you confidence in your new role.

How long is the training?
The training is 4 x 2 hour sessions.

What happens if I don’t get on with the person I’m matched up with?
You’re never expected to stay in a match that you’re not happy with. We would support you into either resolving the match or finding another match. As a volunteer you’re very well supported. We operate an open door policy as well as regular support sessions and monitoring.

Do I pay for everything out of my own pocket?
If you go out for a cuppa or take your Befriendee for a run in your car we would ask that you pay for everything initially, keep the receipts and fill in an expense form.  Expenses are reimbursed normally on a monthly basis.

If you're interested in becoming a volunteer befriender but have more questions, or just want to find out more about the service, please feel free to contact VAO and ask for Linsey Drever.

If you feel you're ready to put your name forward, please complete the Volunteer Application Form and return to VAO.  Please also complete our Equal Opportunities monitoring form.

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