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About 'The Distance Training Pack: How to Train Your Home-Based Volunteers'

This innovative training resource offers a very useful alternative to face-to-face training. Consisting of six different workbooks, the pack covers key elements of befriending and each workbook can be completed at home, at the volunteer’s own pace with co-ordinator back-up support provided by telephone.

Originally developed to support a group of distance befrienders working with people with mental health problems, the workbooks can be easily adapted to fit any client group. They have been thoroughly roadtested and include a wide variety of entertaining and informative exercises.

Content details:

Workbook 1: Volunteeer to Befriend
The role of a befriender, reasons for volunteering, an introduction to the organisation, experiences of friendship, differences between friendship and befriending, what is befriending and qualities of a befriender

Workbook 2: Thinking about Mental Health
What is mental health, experiences of mental health, resources to support mental health, how befriending can improve mental health

Workbook 3: Limits to Befriending
Takes you through the different stages involved in a befriending relationship from the very first meeting through to the last.

Workbook 4: The Befriending Experience
Befriending responsibilities, boundaries, confidentiality, equal opportunities, policies & procedures

Workbook 5: Communication
Communication – non verbal, verbal and content of conversation, effective listening, initiating conversation – questions to ask

Workbook 6: Boundaries in Befriending
Boundaries – reasons for having them, grey areas, exploring boundaries using three different exercises

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