Volunteering Opportunities

Volunteering Opportunities

Befriender Volunteer for Royal Air Forces Association

Role Type: Regular
Based: All of Warrington
Categories: Supporting people
Availability: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

What would I be doing?

Right now, there are RAF veterans in the Chichester area who are lonely and isolated. As a Befriender Volunteer, you could step in to change that. It wouldn’t take much of your time and it’s a great way to use your skills, give something back and feel good.

The Royal Air Forces Association (or RAF Association), is a member-led, registered welfare charity that provides welfare support to Serving and Ex-Serving RAF personnel and their families.

The Befriender role is at the heart of the RAF Association’s objectives in delivering welfare support to members of the RAF family requiring it.

The aim of the Befriender role is to help alleviate isolation and loneliness, by giving time to listen to people either in person or over the phone and to encourage communication on a shared interest or topic, to ensure that the beneficiary remains part of the community and feels socially connected.

The role of a Befriender is varied and could involve helping out with practical tasks such as driving someone to a doctor’s appointment, it could simply involve a cup of tea and a chat or it could be to accompany them to their first meeting of an interest group in their community.

Timing expectation:

Befriender volunteers are asked to commit to:
- One day of initial training, which is provided free of charge and for which travel expenses will be reimbursed.
- As much time as you can offer to the role. Each visit to a beneficiary would be around one to two hours, or more if desired by both parties, this can be either a short or long term support package.

What skills do I need?

Befriender volunteers need to be:

- Caring and empathetic, with the ability to build a rapport with others and put them at ease, through a friendly and sensitive approach

- Good listeners and communicators

- Reliable and dependable

- Able to put people who may be anxious or worried, at their ease

- Aware of some local social groups the beneficiary could get involved in or be able to research this for them

Practical Considerations:

Befriender volunteers will need to be 18 years of age or over and be prepared to undertake an Enhanced DBS check, which is required for this role. Befriender volunteers are required to attend a one day training course which is free and for which expenses will be paid. All volunteers should be able to work in a non-judgemental and professional manner. Out of pocket expenses will be reimbursed in line with the RAF Association volunteering and expenses policies.

An RAF or forces background is not essential, and we welcome applications from all areas of the community.

About Royal Air Forces Association

The Royal Air Forces Association (or RAF Association), is a membership organisation and registered charity that provides welfare support to the RAF Family, which includes all serving and ex-serving personnel and their dependants.
Whether it’s an injured airman fighting to get back on his feet, a young child missing their parent away on overseas operations, or a World War II veteran needing a shoulder to lean on, we are here to help all generations of RAF Service personnel and their families.

Recruitment and training details:

Befriender volunteers are asked to commit to one day of initial training, which is provided free of charge and for which travel expenses will be reimbursed.

Interested volunteers will be asked to complete an application form for the role, usually via the Association's volunteering website. As part of the application process volunteers will be asked to undertake a short telephone interview for the role, and be prepared to undertake an Enhanced DBS check, which is required for this role.

We aim to respond to any enquiries within one week of receipt.

Is a DBS required? Yes
Are volunteer expenses covered? e.g. travel Out of pocket expenses will be reimbursed in line with the RAF Association volunteering and expenses policies.
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