About the role
Are you looking for a volunteering role that really connects you to the positive impact you can make? Being a Befriender gives you just that! Our 1 to1 befriending service involves volunteers spending regular time with a young person doing something you both enjoy. Spending just few hours a week or a fortnight with a befriender can make a dramatic difference to the lives of disabled children and the people who care for them. It can enable young people to increase their confidence and independence, develop their life skills, become less isolated, build their own friendships and of course have fun! It also provides parents and families with the chance to have a break from their caring responsibilities.
Some examples of the sort of activities our volunteers and young people do together are:
- Going to the cinema
- Going out for food
- Playing and watching sports
- Arts and crafts
- Playing video games and board games
What we are looking for
Our volunteers come from a wide variety of backgrounds and ages and you do not need previous experience of working with children or disabled people to become a befriender. If you are enthusiastic, committed, responsible, have a positive attitude and think you could be a good role model then this could be the ideal volunteering role for you! All we ask is that you spend regular time with a young person and try to commit to befriending for at a least a year. Our volunteer befrienders must be over 18 years of age.
What you can expect
Befriending can offer a unique chance to have fun with a young person and make a positive impact on their life, at the same time as helping you to develop new skills, knowledge and experience that will look great on your CV.
It is very important to us that you are linked with a young person that shares your interests and you are happy to spend time with, and we do everything we can to help you feel confident and comfortable in your volunteering role. To help achieve this we provide:
- Induction training and ongoing training/development opportunities
- Ongoing support and advice from our Volunteer Co-ordinators
- Expenses paid
- Regular Volunteer Social Events
To find out more about what it means to be a befriender read about the experience of our volunteer Chloe
Interested in volunteering?
If you want to do something amazing for a disabled young person and their family then we'd love you to apply to become a Befriender with us. We’re always looking for volunteers and we’d love you to get involved! As part of our recruitment process you will need to complete a DBS check, provide two references, come in for an informal interview, and attend a 3 hour training session which will provide you with the skills and knowledge required to be a befriender.
Please check out the WECIL website: https://wecil.co.uk/services-support/services-for-young-disabled-people/ or email email@example.com if you would an application pack sending to you and to obtain our next training dates.