Befriender Volunteer - Barnsley

27 September 2019 12 Noon
19/VOL/18 - r1

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A service to provide holistic support to people in Barnsley with mental health and / or learning difficulties. It has an early intervention and preventative focus to support individuals to improve health, wellbeing and independence, enabling people to have choice and control of their lives.

Details of the role / tasks
The role involves supporting service users, signposting, being motivational, talking positively about recovery and supporting people to access and engage with the service. The role may involve supporting to attend or transporting adult service users to or from appointments.
Living with a mental health issue or learning disability can sometimes cause someone to withdraw from social interaction. This can make them feel isolated and get in the way of recovery. The befriender role aims to increase social interaction and reduce isolation.

Befrienders are trained to help people get out into their community, build people’s confidence, support them to meet new people, and develop hobbies and interests.

Personal qualities
Confident verbal communication skills and able to engage people in conversation
Able to work to instruction and on own initiative
Completion of a peer mentor course is desirable but not essential. We are able to refer to local training providers if this is a qualification you are interested in however there are funding restrictions.
Experience of volunteering or working with adult with mental health or learning disabilities is desirable but not essential
Able to volunteer in line with Humankind policies and procedures
Able to abide by confidentiality and professional boundaries
Able to take brief notes to capture each befriending session which will be inputted by the organisation
To commit to a minimum of 3 hours per week for at least 6 months to allow the befriending relationship to be beneficial


Please read the full Job Description and Person Specification prior to applying for this position.

Please note that all communication regarding your application for this post will be sent to the email address you have provided on your application form, including your invite to interview if you are shortlisted. Ensure that you check your emails after the closing date as you will not be contacted by any other means.