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Volunteer for adult befriending

Volunteer for adult befriending

A little of your time could make a big difference to someone's life

About our befriending scheme

Everyone wants to meet friends and have an enjoyable social life including people with learning disabilities. As a volunteer befriender you can provide the one-to-one support and friendship that allows a person with learning disabilities to play a more active part in their community.

Volunteering lets me enjoy fun activities with nice people


How you can help

Your support and friendship could help a person get out and socialise with people of their own age rather than their parents or carers. This added freedom can help them to build their self-confidence, social skills and independence.

There is also the opportunity to help at our regular activity sessions, which feature everything from games and discos to barbecues and trips out.

What befriending involves

Being a volunteer befriender is a serious but enjoyable commitment. It involves spending a few hours every month with your friend doing things you both enjoy. You can take them for a drink or a bite to eat, help them do some shopping, go bowling or simply stay in for a chat. You do not need any special qualifications, but a responsible attitude and a patient, caring nature are essential - and even a little bit of your time could make a big difference.

How we support you

As a volunteer befriender we will make sure you get:

  • Induction training to explain your role and then further training if you need it
  • Full support from our dedicated team at one-to-one meetings and through regular phone and email contact
  • Full reimbursement of any travel or out of pocket expenses

How to volunteer

To find out more about becoming a volunteer befriender, please contact us at volunteer@eddies.org.uk or call us on 01354 651166.

Who are we

Who are we

We are a local charity supporting children, young people and adults with learning disabilities in lots of different ways.

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