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Befriending (Digital)

Who: Anyone aged 18+

Where: Digital

When: Flexible

Contacts: Eleri Cruchley-Jones Emma Dixon

This project is an invaluable opportunity for volunteers to gain experience within health and social care by volunteering with adults with learning disabilities, physical disabilities and/or mental health conditions in a digital setting. 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.

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. This project will give volunteers an insight into support work, as well as personal satisfaction from knowing that you are directly helping, and enhancing, the lives of vulnerable adults in our community. This is a fantastic opportunity for those interested in a career in Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Health and Social Care, Support Work, Social Work, Nursing and Medicine.

Application process:

  1. Complete SVC's volunteer application form
  2. Complete a short matching form
  3. Informal interview (short listed applicants)

Please note: this is a digital opportunity and volunteers will not be visiting beneficiaries in person due to COVID-19.