Kincardine & Deeside Befriending
Kincardine & Deeside Befriending recruits, trains and supports volunteer befrienders who are matched with isolated older people (55+) to provide social contact.
Information for volunteers
Our volunteers are the "gold dust" of our service and with a wide range of life experiences and skills make a positive impact on the lives of the older people they visit.
As a prospective volunteer you will have a short informal interview and be screened by PVG check as well as providing 2 character references.
All volunteers will complete a 2 day course to introduce you to befriending, the client group we serve and this also gives you a chance to meet other befrienders as well as the staff who will support you. We also offer an online training package which allows volunteers to complete training in a more flexible way.
Befrienders are "matched" with an older person who is living at home and experiencing loneliness and social isolation. A regular (weekly or fortnightly) visit helps to brighten the befriendee's week and the range of activities that our matches do varies widely depending on what the older person wishes to do. Visits usually last 1 and a half to 2 hours. Some are home visits to chat and reminisce over a cuppa, perhaps doing crosswords or games. Many other visits mean a chance for the older person to get out with the volunteer, perhaps to a local café or beauty spot. The companionship of someone they will get to know well has big benefits for the older person and many describe their befriending visit as the highlight of their week.
We also support some clients with telephone befriending or online video contact, dependant on the client's needs . During the COVID pandemic of 2020/21 we saw matches transitioning to telephone, letter and video calls support but, our aim is to work towards a face to face model of social contact.