This project is an invaluable opportunity for to befriend an adult with learning disabilities, physical disabilities and/or mental health conditions in a community setting (social distanced).
Role of an In-person Befriending volunteer
The role of the volunteer is to befriend a beneficiary (in person) by going on socially distanced walks or meeting at a beneficiary's garden.
About the Digital Befriending project
This project is an invaluable opportunity for volunteers to befriend an adult with learning disabilities, physical disabilities and/or mental health conditions in a digital setting;
Role of Digital Befriending volunteer
The role of the volunteer is to befriend and facilitate digital activities for an adult with disabilities and/or mental health conditions;
SVC will pair a volunteer with a beneficiary based on shared interests. Each volunteer will support a beneficiary by getting in contact for a weekly catch up via phone call, video call, letter or a gaming website;
We encourage volunteers and beneficiaries to be creative with their digital activities. Our amazing team of volunteers have done a variety of digital activities over video call such as karaoke, charades, bingo, cooking and quizzes;
Please note: volunteers are required to have a DBS certificate in order to befriend beneficiaries over video call.
Befriending (additional information)
The aim of this project is to offer social and emotional enrichment to beneficiaries through befriending and facilitating a range of activities;
In addition, volunteers will provide compassionate support and amity, and help relieve feelings of boredom, loneliness and isolation;
Through engagement, the beneficiaries will develop their social skills, gain confidence and achieve personal goals;
This project is invaluable to beneficiaries as befriending improves perceptions of well-being, reduces stress and increases self-esteem and empowerment. Seeing the progress beneficiaries make is always a very rewarding experience for volunteers!
The individual volunteers will be befriending might be residing in supported living accommodation;
Supported living is a concept that was developed to ensure that people with learning disabilities, physical disabilities and/or mental health conditions own or rent their home and have control over the support they get, who they live with and how they live their lives;