About the opportunity
Why does Herts Aid need Befrienders? Herts Aid's volunteer befriender's offer support to our service users through positive one-to-one relationships, helping them to achieve the agreed outcomes of their support plan and by providing a supportive role which has been agreed by both parties. The role is to empower service users to move on with their lives What Activities Could I Help With? Befrienders play a unique role in the lives of our services users: They are not family or friends and are not paid to work with them. Befriending can be just taking time to have a chat, go for a walk or a coffee or some other social activity such as going to the cinema, bowling or shopping. What ongoing support/guidance will there be? You will be supported by a named staff member and will have regular 1-1 supervision with the Volunteer Co-ordinator who will be able to help with any questions you may have about your role. You will also attend regular volunteer meetings to meet with fellow volunteers and exchange ideas and support. What are the benefits of Volunteering at Herts Aid? You will have the opportunity to meet other volunteers and the feeling of knowing you are contributing to a very worthwhile cause. We also provide a certificated training programme which will increase your employability and teach you transferable skills. How Much Time Will I need To Give? Herts Aid asks that volunteers arrange to meet with service users once a week for 2-3 hours where possible. Will my expenses be paid? Herts Aid pays reasonable out of pocket expenses such as travel costs, within agreed guidelines. Will I need to attend an Interview? Yes, upon receipt of your application form, you will be invited to attend an interview. However, if you would like to have an informal chat first, please contact us. We will require two references and will arrange for you to have a DBS check.
About Herts Aid
Herts Aid is an HIV and sexual health charity providing support and clinical and educational services, in and around Hertfordshire. We achieve this by offering emotional and practical support, educational projects and community based clinics. We are a service user led organisation, which is committed to ensuring a culture that is warm, inclusive and caring. Our activities: 1) Support and care for those affected by HIV in and around Hertfordshire including provision of emotional and practical support, legal and healthcare advice. 2) Education and prevention work with schools, youth groups, professionals and statutory bodies.
What are they looking for?
What Skills Do I Need?
There are no formal skills or qualifications. All we ask is that you:
' Have good people skills
' Are understanding and sensitive
' Have time available either during the day, or at evenings or weekends
' Are reliable and punctual
' Are willing to listen and spend time with people
' Are friendly and approachable.
Is there an Induction and Training?
Yes, there is a full induction process with a member of the staff team, which includes a tour of the building and information about the role. We also provide mandatory training including: Confidentiality & Professional Boundaries, Listening skills, Managing Challenging Behaviour, Equality & Diversity, Child Protection & Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults and HIV Awareness .
Volunteers need to be aged 21 or over
When can you do this role?
This is a Part Time opportunity.
Where will I be based?
We have service users living across Hertfordshire, so will always try and link you with a service user near to where you live, or within reasonable travelling distance.
Will I need my own transport?
Ideally, you will be a driver with access to a vehicle. However, as long as you can use public transport you may be able to befriend
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Thanks to Volunteer Centre Stevenage for providing this opportunity.
In Town Training,
28 The Forum,
Telephone: 01462 424307
Opportunity last updated on Sunday 23 February 2014.