Volunteering Opportunities

Volunteering Opportunities

Volunteer 'Chit Chat' Befriender for Warrington Voluntary Action

Role Type: Regular
Based: All of Warrington
Categories: Sport and recreation, Supporting people
Availability: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

Are you a friendly, chatty person? Do you have the spare time and kindness to give back to your community? Our brand new befriending service ‘Chit Chat’ needs you!
Our service needs volunteers to match with older members of our community who have found themselves at a loose end. Perhaps they are recently retired, and have found themselves getting lonely. They could be new to the area, and have no friends or family close by. Whatever the circumstances, Chit Chat aims to combat feelings of isolation and loneliness in our communities.

What would I be doing?

Befriending with Chit Chat starts with a few friendly phone calls. Once you are matched with your buddy, you’ll get to know each other over the phone to see how you get on.
If all goes well, you will be supported to meet your buddy, perhaps for a coffee in town, or a brew in their back garden.
As you get to know each other well, we will encourage you to meet with your buddy once per week for a few hours. We may even invite you and your buddy to a group session, to give you both the opportunity to meet other participants of the project in your area.

What skills do I need?

The volunteers we are looking for are friendly, chatty, and light-hearted! Kindness and patience are also very important attributes. You don’t need any prior experience of befriending, as full training and support will be offered as part of the programme. However, if you do have additional skills, such as experience of mentoring, counselling, or social work, we may ask you to consider being a level 2 befriender.

About Warrington Voluntary Action

WVA are the local infrastructure charity and volunteer centre for Warrington. Our main role is to support local charities and community groups to deliver their services in the community, including recruitment and training of volunteers. The Chit Chat project came about through the UK wide lockdown, and residents requiring a friendly reassurance chat once per week.

Recruitment and training details:

Befriending should be a fun, rewarding activity for everyone involved, and our training and support package will make sure that is the case. Once recruited onto the programme, you will receive a volunteer handbook, which will have full details on policies and procedures associated with the programme. There will also be an induction training session, which will give you the opportunity to explore the handbook in a bit more detail, and meet a few of your fellow volunteers. Regular ‘tune-up’ sessions will be offered on key subjects such as safeguarding, and equality and diversity. There is also a Facebook group where volunteers from the project can share experiences and ideas.
Simply fill out and submit an application form online. You will then be invited for an informal interview to discuss why you would like to become a Chit Chat befriender, and what you can offer to the service.

Is a DBS required? No
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